Canada PM Trudeau criticised for fundraising event

Opposition lawmakers say Trudeau broke this own ethical standards set out to cabinet ministers that they must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

By: AP | Toronto | Published:November 25, 2016 4:56 am
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the WE Day celebration, an annual youth empowerment event, in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Trudeau vowed Wednesday to work with President-elect Donald Trump “in a positive way.” He told students at an event in Ottawa that he will work with Trump not just for Canadians and Americans “but for the whole world.” (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is distancing himself from a growing opposition furor over a private Liberal fundraiser where one Chinese attendee subsequently donated million to his late father’s foundation. (Source: AP)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is distancing himself from a growing opposition furor over a private Liberal fundraiser where one Chinese attendee subsequently donated $1 million to his late father’s foundation. Trudeau said while on a trip to Monrovia, Liberia on Thursday that he has not been associated with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in any way since he was first elected to Parliament.

Trudeau says there is “tremendous separation” between himself and the foundation.

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Liberal lawmakers have dismissed concerns about Trudeau’s appearance at the $1,500-a-ticket private fundraiser in May, labelling as conspiracy theory any links between the party and the $1 million donation.

Opposition lawmakers say Trudeau broke this own ethical standards set out to cabinet ministers that they must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

His father served as prime minister from 1968 to 1984 with a brief interruption.