OTTAWA – The influence-peddling case of a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper goes before an Ottawa court for the first time today.
Bruce Carson was charged with influence-peddling in July.
An RCMP release issued at the time said very little, other than Carson was alleged to have accepted a commission for a third party in connection with a business matter relating to the government.
It’s expected the courts will quickly adjourn the case today until a later date.
The police investigation of Carson started in March, 2011 when the Prime Minister’s Office contacted the Mounties with allegations that Carson had illegally lobbied the federal government on behalf of a company that employed his girlfriend.
Carson, 66, was one of the more experienced hands in Harper’s generally young government when it came to power in 2006 — he left the PMO in 2008.