PM needs a refresher on principles of secular government

Justin Trudeau's trip to Bahamas is being investigated by the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner

Re: Saanich News editorial Jan. 25 ‘Ethics shouldn’t be a grey area.’

Further to your noting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “alleged ethical improprieties over his trip to the Bahamas,” is that the trip is being investigated by the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner.

The multi-generational Trudeau family relationship with the Aga Khan, Imam of the Nizari Ismailis, was no doubt further cemented with the PM’s homage-tithing trip to the billionaire Muslim leader’s private island in the Bahamas.

Our PM clearly needs a refresher on a first principle of secular government (and that does not mean being “anti-religious”). Secularity requires that government agencies and representatives remain separate from religious institutions, their beliefs and their dignitaries. Let’s insist both our tax dollars ($300-million to this Imam since 2004) and our PM maintain a meaningful secular separation from all religions.

Let’s hope Trudeau and Canadian voters have both learned from our national leader’s recently demonstrated naiveté.

Ron Johnson



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