The ethics commissioner’s report on the SNC-Lavalin affair says, most simply, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acted contrary to section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act.
It says a lot more about what was going on within Trudeau’s government.
But beyond that is the question of what, if anything, this report says about Trudeau — about a prime minister, his government and how it has carried out the responsibility of governing and leading these last four years.
Nine weeks away from a federal election, Trudeau must hope that what the commissioner has laid out in great detail is at least forgivable. That whatever went wrong here, voters will decide it does not mean that the country would be better off with someone else as prime minister.