POLITICS
06/22/2018 13:56 EDT | Updated 06/22/2018 14:42 EDT

Trudeau Fined $100 By Ethics Watchdog For Not Disclosing Sunglasses From P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan

It's the second time he's been censured by the ethics office.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with Premier Wade MacLauchlan in Cardigan, P.E.I. on  June 29, 2017.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with Premier Wade MacLauchlan in Cardigan, P.E.I. on June 29, 2017.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to pay a $100 fine for violating conflict of interest rules by not disclosing a gift given to him last year by P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

The gift was two pairs of leather-covered aviator sunglasses presented to Trudeau during a visit to Prince Edward Island in June 2017.

Each pair, made by Fellow Earthlings sunglasses company in Guernsey Cove, P.E.I., was worth $300.

Federal conflict of interest rules dictate all gifts valued over $200 must be publicly declared within 30 days of acceptance.

Trudeau's press secretary says an administrative error was to blame in not filling out the proper forms and the gift was not declared within 30 days.

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.

This marks the second time Trudeau has been censured by the ethics office. In December, then-commissioner Mary Dawson found Trudeau broke Canada's ethics laws over two all-expenses-paid family trips to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan.