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has a double in India:

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In India, 2016 has been a year of political surprises, alcohol ban and heated debates about nationalism, and plenty of other news in between.

The BBC's in-house cartoonist Kirtish Bhat picks six news events to give his humorous take on 2016.

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I take the view that if he is out of the country swanning around then there is less damage that he can do to Canada. 

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1 hour ago, Fido said:

I take the view that if he is out of the country swanning around then there is less damage that he can do to Canada. 

My thoughts exactly!!

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Only if he leaves Canada's credit card behind at home! Silly me...politicians never spend their own money.

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Seems that he and his family were hosted on their most recent vacation.  Note the paragraph re the millions given to an organization headed by their host.

udeau and family were New Year’s guests of the Aga Khan on his private Bahamas island

 
‎Today, ‎January ‎6, ‎2017, ‏‎2 hours ago | David Akin

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his family and a few friends spent the New Year as the guest of the Aga Khan on the religious leader’s private island in the Bahamas, the National Post has learned.

The Aga Khan, who is the spiritual guide of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, has been a friend of the Trudeau family for years, beginning with Pierre Trudeau.

“Canada has come to share a close relationship with the Aga Khan and bestowed honorary citizenship on him in 2009,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement issued Dec. 13 on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s 80th birthday. “I am proud to call His Highness both a mentor and friend. He has shown time and time again that no matter our faith, where we were born, what colour is our skin, or what language we speak, we are equal members of this world.

The Aga Khan also has long ties to Canada, including having the distinction of being the only faith leader to ever speak to a joint session of the House of Commons and Senate. He did that in 2014 at the invitation of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

The Aga Khan is also the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world’s largest development networks.

That development network has been a significant recipient of Canadian foreign aid, receiving $310 million for 16 projects since 2004. Most recently, the Trudeau government granted the Aga Khan Development Network $55 million over five years to improve maternal and child health in Afghanistan.

The Swiss-born Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, as he is formally known, is also one of the world’s wealthiest royals,  estimated to have a net worth in excess of $1 billion, wealth that was partly inherited and partly earned as a British business magnate and racehorse owner and breeder.

He is said to have dedicated his wealth and the influence of his position to the elimination of global poverty, to the promotion of the status of women, and to the celebration of Islamic art and architecture.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, at the opening of the Ismaili Centre Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Friday, September 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, at the opening of the Ismaili Centre Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Friday, September 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

The Aga Khan purchased the 349-acre Bell Island in the Bahamas in  2009 for as much as $100-million. Bell Island is part of a 365-island archipelago known as the Exumas and was once described by The Hollywood Reporter as the  “veritable Hamptons of The Bahamas” where, “everyone from Johnny Depp to Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessey, is an owner there.”

The Aga Khan moors a 150-foot super yacht there and uses his private helicopter to get on and off the island.

While Trudeau’s office confirmed the trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, his staff did not provide any other information about his activities on the island or the identity of the friends that accompanied him there.

Kate Purchase, Trudeau’s director of communication, said the prime minister will be reimbursing the federal treasury for the costs of his and and his family’s airfare to and from Nassau, the Bahamian capital. The prime minister and his family — but not his friends — flew on a Royal Canadian Air Force C-144 Challenger on Boxing Day and returned to Ottawa this week.

He remained on holiday this week at Harrington Lake, the prime minister’s official residence in the Gatineau hills north of Ottawa.

With a file from Chris Selley 

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Trudeau and family would appear to be on permanent holiday since he's assumed office.

 

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As I mentioned, these guys never spend their own money.

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Coming soon to a coffee shop near you....Make sure to take in the Justin Trudeau Apology tour !!

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What a dick!!!     After just getting back from a vacation on a billionaires private Caribbean island, and spending half of last year jetting around the world, he now wants to hit Timmies to find out what the peasants are thinking??

News flash...they are trying to figure out how to make ends meet and how to afford their electricity bills and a carbon tax (costs which nobody can rationally explain to them). 

Sadly, I think the gov't is more like Butts (Gene Wilder) advising Trudeau (Cleavon Little).

 

 

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I wonder how soon we will see a ruling?

Andrew Scheer calls for ethics probe into PM Trudeau's vacation on Aga Khan's island

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Surrounded by members of Parliament who support him, Conservative MP Andrew Scheer, with his wife Jill Scheer, responds to questions after announcing in Ottawa Sept. 28 that he will run for the party leadership. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Monday, January 9, 2017 10:12AM EST

Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer says he's written to Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson to request a probe into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vacation at a private island owned by the Aga Khan.

In a press release Monday, Scheer referred to Trudeau's stay on the island as a gift, and says he's asked Dawson to examine whether accepting the accommodation violated the Conflict of Interest Act.

Trudeau's office confirmed last Friday that he, his family and some friends stayed on Bell Island during their vacation in the Bahamas.

Bell Island is owned by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims. His Canadian foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, receives tens of millions of dollars a year from the Canadian government for international development work.

A spokesman for Trudeau didn't respond last Friday, to a CTVNews.ca inquiry as to whether Trudeau cleared the holiday with Dawson before accepting it. He pointed out the Aga Khan is a long-time friend of the Trudeau family. The religious leader was an honourary pallbearer at the funeral of Trudeau's father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

Scheer says he takes the rules for MPs very seriously.

"The prime minister of Canada must be held to the highest standard, which is why I have called for this investigation," Scheer said in the release.

A spokeswoman for the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada didn't respond Friday to a request for comment.

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Looks like the ethics commissioner is going to be busy.

"OTTAWA – A Liberal MP and the Liberal Party of Canada President were among the group of friends that joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family for a New Year’s holiday at the private island in the Bahamas owned by the billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader, the  Aga Khan, the National Post has learned."

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/liberal-mp-party-president-joined-trudeau-for-his-controversial-bahamas-vacation-with-the-aga-khan

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Le petit PET will get an ever so coveted selfie with Mary Dawson and it will be all smiles. Let's hope the Ethics Comminioner gets to the bottom of this smelly development.

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Thank god for honest media! 

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1 hour ago, DEFCON said:

honest media! 

an oxymoron

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(god) two perhaps?

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Can't Trudeau enjoy a secret island vacation with a friend whose foundation lobbies the feds?

Why can't we cut the prime minister the slack we would have never afforded his less popular predecessor?

By Robyn Urback, CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM ET

Canadians don't need to know where Trudeau is, so why should they have the right to know where he is? Right?

Canadians don't need to know where Trudeau is, so why should they have the right to know where he is? Right? (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Enough, already.

For more than a week now, Canada's vociferous media has been hounding the Prime Minister's Office for information about where Justin Trudeau spent his New Year's holiday, and with whom. Can't they give it a rest?

The prime minister works hard. He's a nice guy. He deserves a private life. Certainly that justifies a complete blackout on the prime minister's whereabouts, as the PMO issued earlier this month.

Canadians don't need to know where Trudeau is, so why should they have the right to know where he is? Yes, the Liberals were elected on a platform of "openness," but — as mentioned earlier — Trudeau is a nice guy. For that reason, we probably should have cut him the slack we would have never afforded his less popular predecessor.

Private island

Yet thanks to the incessant hounding by the alt-right rag National Post, the story didn't die. Instead, we learned Trudeau spent his vacation on the private Bahamian island of billionaire philanthropist the Aga Khan.

OK, it looks bad. The Aga Khan is the head of a foundation that has received millions of dollars in federal foreign aid. The organization is also registered to lobby the federal government. But hear me out.

First of all, the Aga Khan Foundation does good, important charity work. This would all be much more nefarious if Trudeau spent his holiday sipping cocktails on the private yacht of the head of a foundation I didn't like — someone who deals in oil, or banking or small-c conservative politics. But the Aga Khan is a good egg, therefore any obvious ethical or conflict of interest breaches — including the appearance thereof — should be forgiven.

The Trudeau family and the Aga Khan are longtime friends. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Secondly, the Trudeau family and the Aga Khan are friends; they go way back. Should we really expect Trudeau cut off contact with all of his friends just because he's now the prime minister? Of course not.

Sure, there's a distinction to be made between "remaining friends" and "secretly jettisoning off to a friend's private island and concealing details when pressed by the media," but really, what should the PMO have done? Been forthright about the information and risked igniting a controversy before he stepped on the plane? Bah! I'm pretty sure tickets on a government jet are non-refundable, anyway.

As with other events where the prime minister has met with billionaires, Canadians should rest assured the only political discussions on the Aga Khan's private island concerned the plight of the middle class. There have been reports of holiday discussions of how diversity is our strength and better is always possible, but as of yet, those reports are unconfirmed.   

A family vacation

 

Above all, let's remember that this was just a Trudeau family vacation; there was nothing political about it. OK, so the president of the Liberal Party of Canada and Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan and his husband went too — a detail revealed only after further media pressure — but those guys are kind of like family also, no? They likewise care deeply about Canada's middle class and surely saw this as another opportunity to join in the conversation.

So give it a rest, Canadian media. Certainly there are more important things to cover. I can provide you with a list of topics I subjectively rank as more worthy if you'd indulge me the opportunity to change the conversation. Can't the prime minister just enjoy a secret vacation with his family and select Liberals on the private island of a man whose organization is registered to lobby the federal government?

This column is part of CBC's Opinion section. For more information about this section, please read this editor's blog and our FAQ.

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The CBC appears willing to print anything anymore; it's become a Canadianized version of the Guardian. . 

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CBC should have been chopped a long time ago.

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Trudeau is being treated in the same manner Obama was when he took office.  Responsible for every ill that he inherited, and scrutinised for breathing.

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Not sure how his travel and fund raising irregularities can be blamed on the former Government. In fact I am damn sure they can not. Here is the latest on his late dec. vacation.  He is claiming that the helicopter was the only way to get there, if true and a boat charter would not work, then he should have hired a chopper.  

Trudeau confirms, defends private helicopter flight to Aga Khan island

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The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:47PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:53PM EST

KINGSTON, Ont. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confirming -- and defending -- his use of a private helicopter while vacationing with the Aga Khan, saying it was the only way to get to his friend's secluded Bahamian island.

The prime minister and his family spent time over Christmas at Bell Island in the Bahamas.

To do so, they flew to Nassau on a Canadian government jet, but made the last leg of the journey aboard the Aga Khan's helicopter.

Trudeau's own ethics guidelines bar the use of sponsored travel in private aircraft, allowing only for exceptional circumstances related to the job of prime minister and only with the prior approval of the ethics commissioner.

But he says he doesn't believe the trip poses any ethical dilemma.

He says he's happy to discuss the matter with conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson "and answer any questions she may have."

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really?  this is the biggest thing we have to complain about.  He must be doing a bang up job in every department that matters.  

 

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In actual fact he has done little since he was elected except spending millions$$$$$$$$$.

Possible violation of federal law as Trudeau admits he used Aga Khan’s private helicopter

 
‎Yesterday, ‎January ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎6:21:03 PM | David Akin

KINGSTON, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he and his family used the private helicopter of the Aga Khan during his recent holiday, a possible violation of federal law.

All ministers, including the prime minister, are forbidden under the federal Conflict of Interest Act from flying in private or chartered aircraft except under specific conditions.

Trudeau and his family used the private helicopter of his close family friend, billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader the Aga Khan, to get from Nassau — the capital of the Bahamas — to the Aga Khan’s privately-owned 349-acre Bell Island. That’s a 115-kilometre flight one-way over open ocean.

“The travel back and forth from Nassau to (Bell) Island happens on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter which he offered us the use of,” Trudeau said at a press conference here. “It’s something we look forward to discussing with the Conflict of Interest Commissioner but we don’t see an issue on that.”

Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan, who, along with Liberal Party president Anna Gainey, joined Trudeau on the Aga Khan’s island, said earlier this week that he, too, used the Aga Khan’s helicopter and that the flight to the island took about 40 minutes.

Federal law places no restriction on an everyday MP, like O’Regan, when it comes to using a private aircraft but it does prohibit ministers and certain other public office holders from doing so. A minister is required to get pre-approval from the conflict of interest commissioner before using any private aircraft. Trudeau did not do that.

The act also allows for use of a private aircraft by a minister in exceptional circumstances, such as an emergency, or during the performance of a minister’s normal public duties.

Trudeau has said repeatedly that his New Year’s holiday in the Bahamas was “a family vacation.”

That was all the evidence NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair needed to pronounced Trudeau guilty.

“At the beginning of a tour of Canada, which the Prime Minister is trying to use to shift the focus away from his government’s recent ethical breaches, he has admitted to breaking the law,” Mulcair said in a statement.

He also said that he never advised the Conflict of Interest Commissioner — an independent parliamentary watchdog — that the Aga Khan was a close family friend.

The Aga Khan has known Trudeau since he was a toddler and was an honorary pallbearer at the funderal of Pierre Trudeau.

All ministers, including Trudeau, must file a confidential disclosure with the Conflict of Interest Commissioner declaring, among other things, their assets and liabilities. Some ministers also provide the commissioner with a list of friends and relatives who might have a connection to government business. They might, for example, own businesses that sell goods to the government or be registered lobbyists.

The Aga Khan is the founder and director of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a registered lobbyist organization.

Trudeau said he never provided the commissioner with a list of friends and relatives that could be connected to government business nor did he disclose his relationship ahead of time with the Aga Khan.

But in Kingston, Ont., Trudeau seemed to say such advance disclosure would have been unnecessary because it was common knowledge.

“I have not seen a list of associates or family friends that could cause problems and I didn’t provide any names on that,” Trudeau said. “But the fact that the Aga Khan has been a long-time family friend is well known.”

Before Christmas, the prime minister was deflecting criticism over the so-called cash-for-access fundraising issue in which senior ministers, including Trudeau, were rubbing shoulders with millionaires in exchange for the cash.

After New Year, the National Post began reporting about his holiday with the Aga Khan.

I have not seen a list of associates or family friends that could cause problems and I didn’t provide any names on that

Trudeau had planned to go this week to Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, a conference in the Swiss Alps popular with billionaires, millionaires, and Hollywood celebrities. Trudeau went last year.

Perhaps worried that Trudeau’s brand as a middle-class hero was at risk by spending so much time with the world’s wealthiest people, the PMO hastily set up what his office is dubbing a national “listening tour” so Trudeau could “remain connected with Canadians.”

Thursday was that tour’s first day and it went through a handful of small cities between Ottawa and his overnight stop at CFB Trenton.

Trudeau continues his listening tour Friday, starting with a breakfast with Canadian Armed Forces personnel through to a mid-morning town hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont. before closing the day with yet another town hall meeting in the early evening in London, Ont.

• Email: dakin@postmedia.com | Twitter: davidakin

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So it is a given that we (Trudeau) have given $55million to the Aga Khan.

When all of this nonsense started I thought that I heard that the Aga Khan gave $5million to the Trudeau foundation.  If true that is a bigger scandal.

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