Former Harper aide charged with fraud

Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Harper,  has been charged with influence peddling after being accused of illegal lobbying, reports The Globe and Mail.
In a statement released today, the “A” Division Commercial Crime Section of the RCMP said Caron was charged with one count of fraud on the government. From The Globe:
Mr. Carson is accused of lobbying the office on Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan on behalf of his fiancée, a former escort who was trying to sell water-purification systems to first nations.
Additionally, there are allegations that Carson lobbied the Natural Resources department on behalf of the Canada School of Energy and the Environment for $25 million in federal funding. The school was started with a $15 million federal grant.

Carson is being investigated by federal Lobbying Commissioners Karen Shepherd and Mary Dawson. He is expected in court for this charge in early September.

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Former Harper aide charged with fraud

  1. The federal Conservatives responded to the influence-peddling charges that former Prime Minister Harper adviser Bruce Carson is facing by issuing a statement saying “”any individual who doesn’t respect our laws must face their full force, as well as the consequences that come with them.”

    This is a deeply hypocritical statement from the Conservatives given that Prime Minister Harper has done nothing to penalize dozens of Conservative Cabinet ministers and MPs who violated federal good government rules by handing out government cheques labelled with the Conservative Party logo, and has done nothing to penalize Cabinet ministers Christian Paradis (who violated the federal ethics law), Tony Clement (who violated federal spending rules in the G8-G20 fiasco), Jim Flaherty and Peter MacKay (who violated federal budget rules by hiding the actual cost of the fighter jets), Peter MacKay again (who violated rules by using a military helicopter for a personal purpose), and Bev Oda (who violated rules governing expenses, and also misled Parliament).

    In some cases, these ministers and others have faced no consequences for violating key rules also because a watchdog agency like the Auditor General or Ethics Commissioner has no power to penalize them, or has failed to enforce the law effectively and properly and no one is allowed to challenge their improper enforcement in court.

    Because nothing can be done to force a Prime Minister to penalize Cabinet ministers and politicians who violate rules, the watchdog agencies must be required to conduct random audits and to investigate all complaints and situations in which there is evidence of a violation, and must be given the power to, and required to, penalize violators, and everyone must be allowed to challenge any watchdog in court who fails to enforce rules properly.

    As well, the huge loopholes must be closed in key good government laws because these loopholes currently make it legal in many cases for people involved in politics to be dishonest, unethical, secretive and wasteful.

    For example, loopholes in the federal lobbying law, and weak enforcement, have meant that no one has been prosecuted for failing to register as a lobbyist since the law was enacted in 1988, and dozens of lobbyists have been let off the hook. Recently, a House of Commons Committee has recommended some changes to close some of the loopholes in that law, and to strengthen enforcement, but not enough changes to stop secret,
    unethical lobbying of the federal government.

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    Duff Conacher, Founding Director of http://DemocracyWatch.ca

  2. UGHHHHH MACLEANSSSSSS UGHHHHHH wtf is chraged????!!!!
    Former Harper aide chraged with fraud

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