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National Newswatch

Former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry was on the Aga Khan’s private island at the same time as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ill-fated family vacation last Christmas break, CBC News has learned.

After almost a year of of opposition attacks, Trudeau was forced to apologize on Wednesday for the way he handled the trip, after the federal ethics watchdog determined he violated some provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act when he vacationed on Bell Island in the Bahamas and took the Aga Khan’s private helicopter to get there.

In her report, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson noted that other guests, including someone who she only described as “a senior American official of a previous administration,” and friends of those other guests, were also on the island between Dec. 26, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017.

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