Canada's Trudeau questioned in ethics probe over Bahamas holiday

Woke, hunky Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being investigated by ethics officials after accepting vacation freebies from an Islamic leader during a trip to the Bahamas.

Trudeau, who won the premiership in October 2015, has faced questions over his New Year's trip to the secluded island owned by the Aga Khan, leader to the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, a branch of Shiite Islam.

When Trudeau confirmed on Thursday that he had used the Aga Khan's private helicopter to travel the 115 kilometres back and forth between Nassau and the Aga Khan's private island, Trudeau said, "It's something we look forward to discussing with the Conflict of Interest Commissioner but we don't see an issue on that".

Under Canadian law, the prime minister can not use private aircraft without permission from the ethics commissioner unless required for official state business.

Mr Trudeau said he was "more than happy" to answer the commissioner's questions. The Conservative MP pointed out to Dawson that the visit pointed to potential violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.

Trudeau admitted travelling on the Aga Khan's helicopter. Investigators are probing whether that violated the prime minister's own guidelines.

At a press conference last Friday, Trudeau told journalists: "This was our personal family vacation and the questions you're asking, I allow you to reflect on them", the BBC reports.

Some, including the advocacy group Democracy Watch, have suggested Dawson's dependence on Trudeau for continued employement puts her in a conflict-of-interest but her office on Monday rejected that view noting that the extension of her appointment was done by the prime minister with the concurrence of opposition party leaders.

Trudeau is also being probed over apparently breaching a second part of the law, which is a blanket ban on Canadian ministers travelling by private aircraft. If the ethics commissioner rules against him, Trudeau could face a small fine or a written slap on the wrists.

Trudeau is now on a cross-country tour, an apparent bid to reconnect with voters amid negative headlines about the vacation as well as his Liberal Party's fund raising activities.

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