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Correction: Canada-Trudeau Fundraiser

Posted November 27

— In a story Nov. 24 about a fundraiser that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a Chinese attendee subsequently donated $1 million Canadian (US$740,000) to his late father's foundation. The $1 million Canadian gift was split between the University of Montreal law faculty and The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, with $200,000 Canadian going to the foundation.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Canadian PM Trudeau criticized for fundraising event

Canadian PM Trudeau distances himself from growing furor over a private Liberal fundraiser where a Chinese attendee donated to his late father's foundation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is distancing himself from a growing opposition furor over a private Liberal fundraiser after which a Chinese attendee donated $200,000 Canadian (US$148,000) to his late father's foundation.

Trudeau said while on a trip to Monrovia, Liberia, on Thursday that he has not been associated with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in any way since he was first elected to Parliament.

Trudeau says there is "tremendous separation" between himself and the foundation.

Liberal lawmakers have dismissed concerns about Trudeau's appearance at the $1,500-a-ticket private fundraiser in May, labeling as conspiracy theory any links between the party and the donation.

Most of a C$1 million (US$740,000) donation made after the event by a Chinese attendee and an associate went to the University of Montreal law faculty, with C$200,000 going to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Opposition lawmakers say Trudeau broke his own ethical standards set out to cabinet ministers that they must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

His father served as prime minister from 1968 to 1984 with a brief interruption.

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