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Trudeau fined $100 over gift of sunglasses

15:05, Saturday, 23 June, 2018
Trudeau fined $100 over gift of sunglasses

Parliament's ethics watchdog has slapped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a fine for breaking the Conflict of Interest Act over a pair of sunglasses.

Trudeau paid $100 for failing to declare a gift worth more than $200 within 30 days of accepting it, according to a notice from the office of Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion. It was posted online sometime this month.

"As a result of an administrative error, the proper forms were not completed and the gift was not declared within 30 days," said Trudeau's press secretary Eleanore Catenaro in an email Friday.

The gift, according to the prime minister's public declaration, was two pairs of leather-covered sunglasses made by Fellow Earthlings eyewear, based in the rural P.E.I. community of Guernsey Cove.

They were a gift from P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan last summer and retail between $300 and $500.

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