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Trudeau noncommittal on Conservatives' ethics committee request

Trudeau noncommittal on Conservatives' ethics committee request
From CBC - January 9, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wo not commit one way or the other to a request from the Opposition to appear before a House of Commons committee to answer more questions about his conflict-of-interestbreaking vacation on the Aga Khan's private island.

At the request of Conservative ethics critic Peter Kent, the committee on access to information, privacy and ethics is meeting today at 3:30 p.m. ET to debate inviting Trudeau to testify before its members about the trip. The meeting will be held even though parliament is still on recess.

Just before Christmas, the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner found that Trudeau breached multiple aspects of the federal ethics code by accepting a vacation on the spiritual leader's island during the 2016 holiday season.

"We have an ethics commissioner [who] is above partisan politics to make rulings and to look into thingsto help Canadians separate the partisan attacks and mudslinging and the politics from what actually happened. I am happy to work with the ethics commissioner," said Trudeau when asked in a radio interview if he will appear at committee if asked.

"I think keeping politics and partisan attacks to the side on this is what Canadians expect."

Trudeau said his latest batch of town hall meetings, the first kicking off in Nova Scotia Tuesday night, is a better way to answer questions.

"Actually getting out and meeting with Canadians across the country, doing open town halls where Canadians get to ask me any question they want and hold their elected representatives to account is at the heart of what a democracy should be," he told CBC Radio's Information Morning.

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