Regular folks, be they American, Canadian or whatever, who are focusing their efforts on working to support their families, might not have any idea who Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is. They probably couldn’t care less. He’s described by Canada’s CBC News as “the hereditary spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a multimillionaire philanthropist.”
That word philanthropist gets thrown around a lot, often in conjunction with the names of some very seedy characters. Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are philanthropists according to media reports. The dictionary defines a philanthropist as “someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being.” In reality it’s often a false premise to hide behind while large amounts of money get moved into unexpected, often unrevealed places. By that definition, Clinton and Gates both qualify as philanthropists.
Since he owns a private island in the Bahamas and his own helicopter, there’s a good chance that Mr. Khan also meets the second, less altruistic definition rather than the textbook variety. His close association with liberal politicians, particularly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, would also indicate that is the case.
The basis for the dogmatic determination of Trudeau to flood Canada with as many imported Muslims as he could, as quickly as he could, under the guise of “refugee relief” now becomes more easily discernible. Some might get the impression that he’s on the take in exchange for opening his nation to invasion and part of what he’s received as his thirty pieces of silver was a lavish expense-free vacation on the private island of his “philanthropist, life-long friend.”
Those who elect corrupt liberals to positions of power shouldn’t be surprised when they get liberal corruption in return. But there’s safety in numbers and since this was a private, family vacation, Trudeau decided to invite a fellow MP, Seamus O’Regan and what is described as his husband along for the fun. And, since the larger the family the merrier, Trudeau included Liberal Party President Anna Gainey and her husband Tom Pitfield as honorary sister and brother-in-law.
O’Regan said he flew on his own and did not travel with the prime minister. He told CBC, “It was personal time, private time. When I returned to Canada I went to the commissioner’s office and voluntarily disclosed the trip. O’Regan declined comment on how he traveled from Nassau to Bell Island, although he did state that he continued to Cuba after leaving the Bahamas “for an extended vacation.”
Canadian ethics critic Alexandre Boulerice at first accepted Trudeau at his word, that it was a family vacation. Now he says, “It’s less and less a private meeting with a friend of the family and more like a lobbyist trying to get something from the Trudeau government. And it’s inappropriate.”
On Wednesday, Conservative ethics critic Blaine Calkins sent a letter calling for an investigation both into the transportation as well as the accommodations and hospitality extended on the trip. If Trudeau’s relationship with the Aga Khan is close enough to be considered a friendship under the rules, then Trudeau was obligated to have an ethics screen and to recuse himself from any discussions involving the Clinton Aga Khan Foundation. He states in his letter, “In light of the many unanswered questions and the serious concerns that they raise, I think it is important that you open a full investigation.
Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s office is considering an investigation following a complaint from Conservative leadership candidate Andrew Scheer of Saskatchewan, questioning whether the private island vacation constitutes a gift and violates the Conflict of Interest Act.
Not only could the vacation be a thank you for opening the Canadian borders to Middle Eastern terrorism, Trudeau also contributed millions of the Canadian people’s money to the Aga Khan Foundation in supposed support of international development projects. The most recent was a grant of $55 million to finance a five-year health project in Afghanistan. Nothing can be traced in Afghanistan, so it’s a perfect place for putting the Canadian people’s money “to work.”
One obvious and clearly indisputable violation of the Conflict of Interest Act is under Section 14.1, which states an MP should not accept “directly or indirectly, any gift or other benefit … that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the [MP] in the exercise of a duty or function of his or her office.” Reasonably speaking, it looks like the fulfillment of a promise or an enticement to future similar donations to “Aga Khan’s projects.”
Just as he said when he was questioned over his comments regarding the greatness of communist dictator Fidel Castro, Trudeau invoked the name of his former MP father, noting that the Agha Khan is a long-time family friend who was a pallbearer at his own father’s funeral. If you’ve known your partner in crime for a long time, then it’s okay to betray your country. Just don’t do it with someone you just met.
The Canadian “Open and Accountable Government guide” states that, ministers and parliamentary secretaries must not accept sponsored travel on chartered or private aircraft except in exceptional circumstances, and “only with the prior approval of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.”
Access to the island was by the private helicopter of Khan and no prior approval was obtained. Nice tan, Mr. Prime Minister. Was it worth it?
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