The Prime Minister is going to find himself in hot water leading up to the October election. In a report released on Wednesday, Aug. 14, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with regard to the SNC-Lavalin scandal, violated the Conflict of Interest Act.\nAccording to the report, Trudeau tried to encourage former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to reach a deferred prosecution agreement with Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. This was in direct contrast to the Prime Minister’s earlier submitted report, in which he wrote, "that he did not use his position as a public office holder to seek to influence the Attorney General's decision about the prosecution of SNC‑Lavalin, and especially not to improperly further the private interests of SNC-Lavalin."\nDion determined that Trudeau had breached Section 9 of the federal Conflict of Interest Act, specifically. This section is in place to prevent high-ranking government officials with decision-making power from influencing decisions that will "improperly further another person's private interests."\nWe can and should march and petition and rally, but it's SNC-Lavalin, Kinder Morgan, Bombardier & all the rest who have the ear of the Privy Council, PMO, the cabinet. They're the power behind the throne. Changing that is gonna require electing socialists. Lots of them. #cdnpoli— Derrick O'Keefe 🌹🌱 (@derrickokeefe) August 14, 2019\nDion writes, "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 in the Director of Public Prosecutions' decision."\nTrudeau had previously stated that he would not apologize for how he handled the SNC-Lavalin affair, and that he believed that he did not do anything wrong.\nThe report notes that "simply seeking to influence the decision of another person is insufficient for there to be a contravention of section 9." This led to the second step of the investigation to determine whether or not Trudeau, through his actions or his staff, tried to further the interests of SNC-Lavalin.\nDue to the evidence, Dion "found that Mr. Trudeau used his position of authority over Ms. Wilson‑Raybould to seek to influence, both directly and indirectly, her decision on whether she should overrule the Director of Public Prosecutions' decision not to invite SNC-Lavalin to enter into negotiations towards a remediation agreement."\nAccording to the report, it was SNC-Lavalin's idea to use the budget implementation bill to introduce deferred prosecution agreements to Canada pic.twitter.com/eWeZ3B5YPD— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) August 14, 2019\nWhether or not this will have an impact on the upcoming election in October remains to be seen. As of Aug. 12, the Liberal party is polling at 32.8 percent, just one point behind the Conservatives, according to the CBC poll tracker.\nHowever, a March 2019 Nanos survey indicated that 26 percent of Canadians had indicated that the SNC-Lavalin scandal would affect the way they voted.