But Dawson said that exception doesn't apply in this case because Trudeau and the Aga Khan's friendship only blossomed after the prime minister became Liberal leader in 2013. She concludes that he failed to follow his own ethics rules for cabinet ministers and that he should have been more careful to arrange his affairs as prime minister to avoid potential conflicts.
Conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau contravened a rule on gifts when he accepted the use of the island in March and December 2016, while there were ongoing official dealings with the Aga Khan and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada was registered to lobby Trudeau's office.
Trudeau told reporters he accepted the findings of the report and that he took "full responsibility" for the mistake. "I'm sorry I didn't, and in the future, I will be clearing all my family vacations with the commissioner's office".
Opposition parties are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to repay all or part of the transportation and security costs for a Christmas vacation to the Aga Khan's private Bahamian island past year - which left taxpayers on the hook for more than $200,000.
"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", he said. Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced he sold shares in the pension company he used to run amid criticism for how he handled his personal finances after getting elected.
Before that, the two hadn't spoken for 30 years. Mr. Trudeau also accepted a vacation on the island for himself and his family in December 2014, and members of his family and their guests had accepted one in March 2016.
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NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen is also urging Trudeau to pay the tab for the trip.
Trudeau says marijuana would be legal next summer, but did not elaborate on a precise day.
In response to the opposition attacks, the Prime Minister's Office said Mr. Trudeau's comments were made after the vacation had occurred and accurately represented what happened during the trip. They all flew on the Aga Khan's private helicopter, which is the main link between the Bells Cay and Nassau.
However, she found no evidence Trudeau discussed any parliamentary business with the Aga Khan or his representatives, or participated in any related debates or votes.
The vacations "could reasonably be seen to have been given to influence Mr. Trudeau in his capacity as prime minister", Dawson said.