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Bruce Carson exploited lobbying loophole

Former Harper aide once published study advocating for lobbyist accountability


 

After serving a jail sentence for two counts of theft in 1983, Bruce Carson returned to his position as a Library of Parliament researcher, where he published numerous studies including one in September 1986 that advocated public accountability for paid lobbyists. “Public disclosure of the activities of lobbyists should in some way respond to the public concern that certain paid lobbyists might receive preferential treatment,” Carson wrote in “Registration of Lobbyists.” Twenty-five years later, Carson’s understanding of lobbying legislation was deep enough to allow him to exploit a loophole in the Harper government’s 2006 Federal Accountability Act. The act contains a provision whereby former government officials could lobby Parliament Hill if such lobbying accounted for only 20 percent of their total workload. “I don’t want the lobbying commissioner sort of going crazy over my involvement in this,” Carson told APTN reporters. “This would be like one-tenth of 1 per cent of my time, so we’re all right.” Carson is the subject of an RCMP investigation looking into allegations that the former advisor to Stephen Harper lobbied Indian Affairs for a contract that would sell poor quality water filtration systems to native reserves, and arranged for his fiancée, 22-year-old former escort Michele McPherson, to benefit financially from the contract.

Toronto Star


 
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Bruce Carson exploited lobbying loophole

  1. Well it is now quite obvious to me who is the "leak" or the "source behind this story for all the documents and personal emails. I have posted 2 comments questioning the "other" party named in the "contact" and have had my posts removed each time. So, if anyone cares to know who is behind this story just have a look at the video where the contract is shown you will see another name on that piece of paper, the minute u post that name of that person the post gets removed. Are you only reporting what you want to report APTN or are you going to be fair and let the cards fall where they may. I hope you allow this post to stay up so people can investigate as they please, and maybe get all the facts…

  2. Well it is now quite obvious to me who is the "leak" or the "source behind this story for all the documents and personal emails. I have posted 2 comments questioning the "other" party named in the "contact" and have had my posts removed each time. So, if anyone cares to know who is behind this story just have a look at the video where the contract is shown you will see another name on that piece of paper, the minute u post that name of that person the post gets removed. Are you only reporting what you want to report APTN or are you going to be fair and let the cards fall where they may. I hope you allow this post to stay up so people can investigate as they please, and maybe get all the facts…

    • Ah this isn't APTN buddy, its Macleans. I really do not understand the point you are trying to make? I am sure the media would be reporting on this if the other person is of interest, or relevant in anyway. Who cares how the story came out, the point is it came out and thank GOD. No escort deserves my hard earned tax dollars and the sleazy old dude is a crook and he and his crook politician buddies can stop treating this country and its citizens as their personal wallets. If Canada had the death penalty for anyone who defrauds the tax payers, any government officials and people who hold privileged positions in this country, there would be far less corruption. Any thoughts on that APTN guy?

  3. I find it disguisting the level of hypocracy that exists in our government. How did a disbarred lawyer, who cheated and stole from clients, get a senior policy advisor role under THREE different PM’s??? This is an OUTRAGE. I guess there is no difference, clients=citizens, stealing tax payers money instead of a clients.

    And using an escort??? I feel bad if this man has a wife and any children; what an embarassment.

  4. I find it disguisting the level of hypocracy that exists in our government. How did a disbarred lawyer, who cheated and stole from clients, get a senior policy advisor role under THREE different PM’s??? This is an OUTRAGE. I guess there is no difference, clients=citizens, stealing tax payers money instead of a clients.

    And using an escort??? I feel bad if this man has a wife and any children; what an embarassment.

  5. Ah this isn't APTN buddy, its Macleans. I really do not understand the point you are trying to make? I am sure the media would be reporting on this if the other person is of interest, or relevant in anyway. Who cares how the story came out, the point is it came out and thank GOD. No escort deserves my hard earned tax dollars and the sleazy old dude is a crook and he and his crook politician buddies can stop treating this country and its citizens as their personal wallets. If Canada had the death penalty for anyone who defrauds the tax payers, any government officials and people who hold privileged positions in this country, there would be far less corruption. Any thoughts on that APTN guy?

  6. tough on crime my ****
    Mr. Sharper knew about the loophole

  7. tough on crime my ****
    Mr. Sharper knew about the loophole

  8. I guess this should be included under the "unreported crimes" that necessitate building all them jails and prisons, huh?

  9. I guess this should be included under the "unreported crimes" that necessitate building all them jails and prisons, huh?

    • I accidently hit the thumbs down, but meant to hit the thumbs up. I agree – Harper is like a little Bush wannahbe. Canadians need to ask who Harper serves? The people of this country, or his elitist friends? Who is getting wealthy on his watch and who is getting stepped on? I say bring on the peaceful revolution and take our country and our planet back from the corrupt governments all around the world.

      Did you know the word government is Latin and can be translated to "govern the mind" or to control the mind? How messed up is that?

  10. I accidently hit the thumbs down, but meant to hit the thumbs up. I agree – Harper is like a little Bush wannahbe. Canadians need to ask who Harper serves? The people of this country, or his elitist friends? Who is getting wealthy on his watch and who is getting stepped on? I say bring on the peaceful revolution and take our country and our planet back from the corrupt governments all around the world.

    Did you know the word government is Latin and can be translated to "govern the mind" or to control the mind? How messed up is that?

  11. Politicians have all the respect of a serial pedophile.

  12. Politicians have all the respect of a serial pedophile.

  13. Maybe we do need a lot more jails.It seems Canadians who have served their time in prison are never forgiven or allowed back in society.Until this guy is either convicted or let off any accusations he is not different that me or my neighbor.Innocent until proven Guilty

  14. Maybe we do need a lot more jails.It seems Canadians who have served their time in prison are never forgiven or allowed back in society.Until this guy is either convicted or let off any accusations he is not different that me or my neighbor.Innocent until proven Guilty

  15. "Leanne" (aka Michele McPherson) is still a prostitute. This time she is prostituting herself by using politcal influence for financial gain. No one believes it's true love with old Bruce Carson, 40 years her senior.
    Scary how he got so much influence!

  16. "Leanne" (aka Michele McPherson) is still a prostitute. This time she is prostituting herself by using politcal influence for financial gain. No one believes it's true love with old Bruce Carson, 40 years her senior.
    Scary how he got so much influence!

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