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Andrew Scheer

Member of Parliament
Regina QuAppelle

House of Commons
Chambre des communes
CANADA

January 8, 2017
Ms. Mary Dawson
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
Parliament of Canada
66 Slater Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
Dear Commissioner,
I am writing to you regarding the acceptance by the Prime Minister of a
private gift, namely a Caribbean vacation, given to him by a private
individual.
As has been reported by the media, Prime Minister Trudeau and his family
travelled on a Canadian Forces jet to the Bahamas during the holiday season
to stay at His Royal Highness the Aga Khan's privately owned Bell Island.
Section 14.1 of the Conflict of Interest Act is very clear. "Neither a Member
nor any member of a Member's family shall accept, directly or indirectly, any
gift or other benefit, except compensation authorized by law, that might
reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the Member in the exercise
of a duty or function of his or her office."
The Aga Khan Foundation, has been the beneficiary of tens of millions of
dollars in government contributions to international development projects,
in addition to 30 million dollars from the Government of Canada for the
Foundation's Ottawa headquarters. His Royal Highness the Aga Khan is a
member of the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
The Prime Minister himself noted in his Open and Accountable Government
document that public office holders, "have an obligation to perform their
official duties and arrange their private affairs in a manner that will bear the
closest public scrutiny, an obligation that is not fully discharged by simply
acting within the law."

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Andrew Scheer
Member of Parliament
Regina QuAppelle

House of Commons
Chambre des communes
CANADA

I would respectfully ask that your office conduct an inquiry pursuant to


Section 27.1 into whether the Prime Minister violated any provisions of the
Conflict of Interest Act by accepting this gift. I would further request that
your office inform me as to how your office will proceed and on what
timeline.
Thank you for your consideration.
Yours truly,

Andrew Scheer
Member of Parliament
cc: The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, PC, MP, Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa
455-D Centre Block
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
Tel.: 613-992-4593
Fax.: 613-996-3120

Regina

Fort QuAppelle

984-A Albert St
160-C Broadway Ave W
Regina SK S4R 2P7 Fort QuAppelle SK S0G 1S0
Tel.: 306-790-4727
Tel.: 306-332-2575
Fax.: 306-790-4728
Fax.: 306-332-2576
andrew.scheer@parl.gc.ca
www.andrewmp.ca