The Tories are asking the RCMP to take a fresh look at Justin Trudeau’s Aga Khan holiday.

Federal conservatives want the RCMP to reopen its more than four-year-old investigation into whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed a criminal act by agreeing to a free holiday on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas.

Trudeau accepted an invitation from the Aga Khan to spend the 2016 Christmas holidays on his island in the Bahamas. Trudeau flew to Nassau on an RCAF plane, but from there the Aga Khan helicopter took Trudeau to the island, where he, his wife Sophie, then MP and now Labor Minister Seamus O’Regan, and some Liberal Party representatives enjoyed the hospitality of the Aga Khan. .

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Conflict of Interest and Ethics subsequently determined that Trudeau violated the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act by accepting what she believed to be gifts from the Aga Khan, whose organization, the Aga Khan Foundation, was at the time receiving federal government grants for its humanitarian work. Job.

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Meanwhile, Conservative Party researchers filed an Access to Information Act (ATI) request with the RCMP to determine what steps investigators took to determine if Trudeau violated other laws.

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The results of this ATI inquiry were recently shared with the party, and the party in turn made them available to several news organizations, including Olx Praca. Among the 623 pages of RCMP documents handed over to the Conservatives was a decision tree flowchart prepared by investigators to determine whether Trudeau, by taking a leave of absence offered by the Aga Khan, could face charges of defrauding the government.

According to the documents, investigators concluded that all but one of the elements of a potential fraud charge were present, and it is unlikely that the charge could be upheld due to a missing element: government officials are allowed to receive gifts such as travel and vacations. if they have the written permission of the department head. Government officials who do not have such written authorization may be charged with “fraud against the government”. But in the decision tree and elsewhere in RCMP documents given to the Conservatives, investigators say it is “unknown” whether Trudeau had “the written consent of the head of the branch of government he worked for.”

RCMP investigators created this decision tree as part of their investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2017 leave of the Aga Khan. This decision tree is among 563 pages of documents that the RCMP made available to the Conservative Party as a result of a request for access to information.

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The RCMP documents explain the particular difficulties in this case: as prime minister, Trudeau is the “head of government” and therefore technically no one has the authority to give him permission.

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The RCMP concluded its investigation without bringing any charges against Trudeau.

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But on Tuesday, in the House of Commons, Trudeau responded to a question from interim opposition leader Candice Bergen that “no,” he did not have written permission to celebrate the Aga Khan.

This revelation, according to Conservative MP James Bezan, could change the outcome of the RCMP’s decision tree, and according to Bezan, it is enough to justify a new investigation.

“With my respect, Mr. Trudeau’s response to this question… requires the National Police to reopen the case and immediately open a criminal investigation,” Bezan said in a letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucky.

“The office of the prime minister is now under suspicion. The very honesty and honesty of Mr. Trudeau is now in question.”

A copy of this letter was provided by Olx Praca.

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