The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has violated federal rules of conflict of interest in handling corruption investigations, the federal ethics king noted.
The Ethics Commissioner says that Mr Trudeau has wrongly tried to influence the former minister in the SNC-Lavalin affair. ,
The prime minister says he accepts the commissioner's report but does not agree with some of his conclusions.
The results may be a problem for Mr Trudeau before the October general elections.
Earlier this year, former Justice and Attorney General Jodi Wilson-Reubold accused Mr Trudeau and his staff of spending months trying to convince her that taking SNC-Lavalin for a test would cost jobs of Canadians and their party votes.
Her accusation proved politically costly to Mr Trudeau ̵
Ms Wilson-Reybold said the commissioner's report was "revenge" on her position, that she had been wrongly pressured by Mr Trudeau and his staff.
What does the Ethics Commissioner's report say?
Commissioner Mario Dion's disgraceful report found that Mr Trudeau had violated section nine of the Conflict of Interest Act, which prohibited public officials from using their office to unduly extend the private interest of another person.
"The Prime Minister, directly and through his senior staff, uses various means to influence Ms Wilson-Reybold," Mr Dion said in a statement issued with his 63-page report on Wednesday.
He said that Mr Trudeau's authority and his service were "used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to defame the decision" by Ms. Wilson-Reubold and the federal prosecutor's office not to continue with a deferred agreement Prosecutor's Office for SNC-Lavalin.
Mr Dion's findings have no legal effect beyond a possible minimum fine, which, according to his cabinet, is not applicable in the case.
What is a SNC-Lavalin Affair?
SNC-Lavalin is one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies and employs around 9,000 people in Canada.
Charged with bribery of Libyan officials for winning contracts under the Muammar Gaddafi regime and charged in February 2015 with criminal offenses allegedly committed between 2001 and 2011.
SNC-Lavalin openly lobbies for an agreement that would allow it to avoid prosecution and instead face alternative penalties or measures such as a fine.
A conviction could result in a decade-long ban on bidding for a federal country in Canada and would allow authorities to revoke the company's current contracts.
The firm argues that litigation should be allowed to be avoided as it changes after federal fees and "works tirelessly to achieve excellence in governance and integrity."
The company hoped it could come to an agreement with prosecutors, which would be an alternative to the process. The Advocate General must agree to negotiate the agreement.
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Mrs. Wilson-Reybold said that members of Mr. Trudeau's inner circle were under pressure. she had a bargain, and when she did not, she was removed from her position as Minister of Justice.
She and her colleague, Jane Philpot, resigned from Mr Trudeau's cabinet, citing their concerns about the affair and later being removed from the Liberal cart, both of them running for re-election as independent candidates.
In his report, Mr. Dion states that "since SNC-Lavalin has greatly benefited from the intervention of Mrs. Wilson-Reybold, I have no doubt that the result of Mr. Trudeau's influence would have accelerated the interests of SNC-Lavalin. "
What is the reaction?
Mr Trudeau told reporters that with regard to the way the SNC-Lavalin affair is handled, "we recognize the way this should not have happened," but said his government acts in the national economic interests.
Asked if he would fire any of the top aides listed in the report, Mr Trudeau replied: "The dollar stops at the prime minister and I take responsibility for everything that happened in my office."
Ms Wilson-Reybold said the report was "evidence of the independent role of the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions."
In a statement, she wrote that she was also "saddened" by the report's findings.
"In a country as large as Canada, fundamental values and principles … must be actively defended by everyone, especially those who are publicly trusted.
Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said on Twitter that "Justin Trudeau has stated that he will be responsible and ethical – instead he uses the power of his cabinet to reward his supporters and punish his critics."
Mr Trudeau's political rivals also note that this is not the first violation of Mr Trudeau's ethics.
In December 2017, the Federal Commission Ethics found that Mr Trudeau's luxury trips to the Aga Khan Island of the Bahamas violated four rules of conflict of interest.
Mr Trudeau, his family and some senior Liberal Party members were granted property on the island. of Philanthropist and Spiritual Leader in 2016