It would be so easy for the Trudeau government to reveal what gifts the Aga Khan gave to the PM. They refuse to do so.
The Trudeau government is using an egregious ethics loophole to avoid telling Canadians what gifts the Aga Khan gave to Justin.
According to a recent report, “Trudeau’s office says he doesn’t have to tell Canadians about the Christmas gifts he and the Aga Khan exchanged because he told Canada’s ethics commissioner. However, the ethics commissioner’s office says information about those gifts won’t be listed in its public registry because Trudeau accepted an unacceptable gift from the Aga Khan.”
Absurdly, this means that because Justin Trudeau accepted a gift that violates ethics rules, he doesn’t have to disclose it, whereas if he accepted a gift that was allowed, he would have to disclose it.
It’s another example of how the rules are written to benefit those in power, who then take advantage of those rules while lecturing the rest of us.
After all, Canadians don’t get to avoid sharing ‘unacceptable’ information when the government demands it from us, yet they don’t hold themselves to the same standard.
As noted in the report, the previous Ethics Commissioner ruled that “the trip was an unacceptable gift because the Aga Khan had dealings with the federal government, and Trudeau’s relationship with him was not close enough to qualify as a friendship. Dawson’s report also revealed that Trudeau and his family exchanged gifts with the Aga Khan but did not disclose the nature or the value of the gifts.”
Despite all of this, Trudeau has faced no real punishment – not even a fine.
For all his talk of “openness” and “transparency,” Trudeau is more than willing to use any loophole or scheme to avoid accountability and avoid revealing the truth to Canadians.
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