Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has paid a fine of $100 for violating conflict of interest rules by not disclosing a gift worth above $200 given to him.
The premier of Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, Wade MacLauchlan, had gifted Trudeau two pairs of leather-covered aviator sunglasses during his visit to the province in June 2017, reports the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Each pair, made by Fellow Earthlings sunglasses company in Guernsey Cove, in Prince Edward Island, was worth $300.
The Canadian conflict of interest rules dictate all gifts valued over $200 must be publicly declared within 30 days of acceptance.
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office confirmed he administered a financial penalty of $100 to Trudeau, which has since been paid.
Trudeau’s press secretary said an administrative error was to blame for not filling out the proper forms and declaring the gift within 30 days.
‘The prime minister has great respect for the work of the commissioner’s office and will continue to follow his advice and guidance,’ said Trudeau’s press secretary Eleanore Catenaro.
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