The federal Ethics Commissioner has judged that Justin Trudeau broke rules to influence a decision as part of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.\nTrudeau's political opponents have been quick to take advantage of this damning report.\nFormer justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from Cabinet earlier this year as a result of the scandal.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, already in a battle for polls and for votes with the Conservatives and other political parties, was dealt a stunning blow this morning after a report from the Ethics Commissioner found that he broke conflict-of-interest rules during the SNC-Lavalin scandal.\nMario Dion, Canada's Ethics Commissioner writes in his report that "Mr. Trudeau contravened section 9 of the Act." Section 9 "prohibits public office holders from using their position to seek to influence a decision of another person so as to further their own private interests or those of their relatives or friends, or to improperly further another person's private interests."\nIf you recall, Trudeau was under fire this year because Attorney General Jody-Wilson Raybould pursued a criminal case against SNC-Lavalin, a Montreal-based engineering firm. The company was charged with criminal offences, dating from 2001 to 2011.\nThis morning's report finds that Trudeau used his influence to try to encourage Wilson-Raybould to drop the case against this company. The full report from the Ethics Commissioner is available here.\nOne of the more damning revelations of the report is that the evidence "showed that SNC-Lavalin had significant financial interests in deferring prosecution. These interests would likely have been furthered had Mr. Trudeau successfully influenced the Attorney General to intervene." Even in Canadian politics, it seems money talks.\nView this post on Instagram The start of a new parliamentary session – in a new House of Commons. We’re ready to continue working hard to keep our economy strong and create more jobs for Canadians. 🇨🇦 Le début d’une nouvelle session parlementaire – dans une nouvelle Chambre des communes. Nous sommes prêts à poursuivre nos efforts en vue de maintenir la force de notre économie et de créer plus d’emplois pour les Canadiens. A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:06pm PST\nSNC-Lavalin was seeking a remediation agreement in light of the criminal charges against them. Company officials met with Trudeau and his cabinet members to discuss those agreements. Wilson-Raybould was concerned that these agreements were being rushed.\nIn 2018, Trudeau allegedly made his first attempt to influence the process, highlighting the importance of hurrying up because of SNC's board meetings and Quebec's provincial election.\nREAD ALSO: A Class-Action Lawsuit Against Air Canada Was Just Approved & You Can Apply To Participate\nAccording to the report, "senior staff in the Prime Minister's Office made at least three attempts—on November 22, December 5, and December 18, 2018—to persuade Ms. Wilson‑Raybould, directly and through her Chief of Staff, to re-examine the idea of seeking external advice on the matter."\nView this post on Instagram Through our friendships, common values, and close trade ties, the Canada-Croatia partnership is helping people in both our countries. Just one great example: In the first year of CETA alone, Canadian exports to Croatia grew by almost 500% - & that's worth celebrating. Živjeli! 🇨🇦 🇭🇷 Grâce à notre amitié, à nos valeurs communes et à nos liens commerciaux, le partenariat Canada-Croatie aide les gens des deux pays. Au cours de la première année de l’AECG, nos exportations en Croatie ont augmenté de près de 500 %. Cela vaut la peine d’être célébré. Živjeli! A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on May 14, 2019 at 7:42pm PDT\nTrudeau and his officials used various tactics attempting to influence the former Attorney General. "It is evident from the audio recording that Mr. Wernick was making an appeal, on behalf of Mr. Trudeau, to have the Attorney General reconsider her decision to not intervene in the criminal prosecution [...] the message remained the same: a solution was needed to prevent the economic consequences of SNC-Lavalin not entering into negotiations for a remediation agreement."\nView this post on Instagram We’ve made a lot of progress towards gender equality, but there is still much more work to do. The people at @women_canada_femmes work hard every day to #MakeGenderInequalityHistory. Thank you for everything you do. 🇨🇦 Nous avons fait beaucoup de progrès vers l'égalité des sexes, mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire. Les gens dévoués de @women_canada_femmes travaillent fort tous les jours pour #ÉliminerLesInégalités. Merci pour tout ce que vous faites. A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Apr 11, 2019 at 4:11pm PDT\nCommissioner Dion concludes that "I have no doubt that the result of Mr. Trudeau's influence would have furthered SNC-Lavalin's interests. The actions that sought to further these interests were improper since the actions were contrary to the constitutional principles of prosecutorial independence and the rule of law."\nConservative leader Andrew Scheer was quick to condemn the prime minister following the release of the report.\nJustin Trudeau said he would be accountable and ethical. Instead he used the power of his office to reward his supporters and punish his critics. He is now the only PM in history to be found guilty of breaking federal ethics law not once, but twice. Trudeau is not as advertised. pic.twitter.com/R9kQcUomqN— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) August 14, 2019\nMore updates to come.