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Conservatives seek criminal investigation of PMs trips to Aga Khans island


first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Conservatives want the RCMP to look into whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke the law by accepting family vacations on the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean island.In a letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Conservative MP Peter Kent says a thorough investigation should be conducted to ensure Canadians have confidence in the integrity of government.Kent’s 26-page letter notes that members of Trudeau’s family visited the private retreat of the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist, on three occasions from 2014 to 2017.In December 2017, then-federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to a Christmas 2016 stay on the island, saying the holiday could reasonably be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister.In his letter, Kent cites a Criminal Code provision that prohibits a government official from accepting a benefit of any kind from someone who has dealings with the government.Dawson’s report said the federal government had supported projects of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada by contributing nearly $330 million to initiatives in various countries.The government also regularly consulted foundation representatives on current and emerging development trends and priorities, she noted.Following Dawson’s 2017 findings, opposition parties argued Trudeau should refund the treasury for all or part of the transportation and security costs related to the Christmas 2016 trip.Trudeau acknowledged at the time he should have checked with the ethics commissioner’s office before accepting the holiday, and said he would now clear all family vacations with the commissioner.“I’ve always considered the Aga Khan a close family friend, which is why I didn’t clear this family trip in the first place, but given the commissioner’s report, I will be taking all precautions in the future.”In September 2017, then-lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd said there was no basis to a complaint that the Aga Khan violated the code for lobbyists by allowing Trudeau and his family to stay on the island.However, a Federal Court judge recently ordered Shepherd’s successor, Nancy Belanger, to take a fresh look at the matter.The court said that as a board member of the foundation, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims was directly and legally connected to the organization bearing his name and was acting as its representative in giving a gift to the prime minister.Ottawa is contesting the ruling in the Federal Court of Appeal.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more


JOB FAIR IN PORT HOPE THIS WEEK FOR FILMING OF IT SEQUEL


first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Third Act Productions is holding a job fair for the sequel this Friday (June 22) in Port Hope.“Largo” is the working title for the It sequel — and this job fair will run from 2 to 6 this Friday at the old Canadian Tire Store (on Robertson St) in Port Hope.In addition to extras, the production company is looking for location support personnel and security.As for the sequel, it apparently takes place 27 years after the events of the first film.  Members of The Losers Club have grown up and moved away — until a devastating phone call brings them back to Derry to face their nemesis.Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role as Pennywise.The It sequel will be released in theatres on September 6, of 2019. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you have aspirations of being on the big screen in a major motion picture, head down Highway 28 later this week.While you may not land a role that would ever be considered for an Oscar, there is an opportunity to be part of the Hollywood experience happening nearby.The sequel to last year’s blockbuster Stephen King’s “It” is in the works, and (like the original) the town of Port Hope will be turned into Derry (Maine) for the shooting of scenes. Twitterlast_img read more


Kwakiutl launch two days of action to assert rights over territory


first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of Kwakiutl First Nation on Vancouver Island are taking part in a major demonstration.They’re protesting what they say is the government’s lack of respect for the community’s claim over traditional territories.On Wednesday, during the first two days of protests, they’ve occupied the property of a logging company.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith was there.last_img




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