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Tories knew about Carson’s criminal record

Former aide had disclosed his background prior to joining PMO


 

Stephen Harper’s disgraced former aide, Bruce Carson, had disclosed his entire criminal record, which included five counts of fraud resulting in psychiatric treatment, prior to being hired by the PMO. Carson became the subject of an RCMP investigation after a report by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network alleged he lobbied Indian Affairs on behalf of a water company which employed his fiancee, a 22-year-old former escort.

Court documents show Carson was charged with defrauding Budget Car and Truck Rental, the Bank of Montreal and Toronto-Dominion Bank in June 1990, when he was working as a researcher for the Library of Parliament. He pleaded guilty to three counts and was sentenced to 24 months probation on condition he receive psychiatric counseling. Carson’s lawyer, Patrick McCann, said his crimes were the result of a mental breakdown from an ugly divorce, and that the light sentence demonstrated that the charges weren’t serious. The revelations raise new questions about Prime Minister Harper’s judgment in hiring Carson, particularly since he was quoted as saying “had I known these things, I would not have…hired him.” As Harper’s chief policy analyst and troubleshooter, Carson would have had access to top-secret government files and had close access to the Prime Minister.

The Globe and Mail


 
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Tories knew about Carson’s criminal record

  1. Another Harper lie! Quelle surprise, non? In all of today's papers, Harper is quoted as saying that he didn't know about Carson's criminal record nor his court-ordered psychiatric counseling. And yet, we see here that all of the information was disclosed.

    This follows Harper's typical program: tell a lie that nobody can really verify. I didn't know about Carson's past. Well, even if that's true (a mighty big if), someone else in the PMO sure as hell did, and he still got hired. I predict that this week, some PMO flak involved in the hiring process will be squished by the Harper-plausible-deniability bus.

  2. Journalist Rober Fife said that Carson was known in Ottawa as Harper's "fixer" for years. I think it's now down to what did Harper know, and when did he know it. Sound familiar? http://www.catch22campaign.ca

    • It's easier to tell the truth; trying to keep the threads of all the lies from tangling must be a full-time job.

      Where does he find time to run the country?

    • Maybe Robert Fife will look into what Carson "fixed". If Harper didn't know, he is negligent and if he did know, he's so arrogant that he thinks he can get away with it. This PM has no respect for Canadians or Canada.

  3. Good to see MacLeans covering this. I will take a quick moment to gloat that I beat them, and The Star to the scandal. However, better bloggers than I were ahead of even the APTN on Carson, although from a different angle. The http://www.sixthestate.net is a must read.

    Then take a look at my analysis please http://wp.me/pDJ8-yV

    • Saskboy, do you have any link of Harper saying he didn't know of the first two criminal offences?

        • Thanks, Saskboy. You know, when you combine the impossibility of security clearance not finding criminal convictions, together with the government-paid "think-tank" oil sands lobbyist, there is a LOT more to this story than a simply (simply disgusting) bad water deal.

          But I'd like to cheer, loudly, for APTN. And thanks to you bloggers who carried the story out of obscurity.

  4. Darn! And Harpers support just went up, again! Now he's going to get a majority! And without one seat from kebec! This is terrible, and just what we been praying for! The lesser of the evils, BY FAR!

  5. I guess until Harper can build all those jails, criminals will continue to be sentenced to working in the PMO.

  6. The Liberal media re-doubling their efforts to insert the Liberal/Separatist coalition. Carson also worked for the criminal organization everyone knows as the Liberal party… but that's okay with the Liberal media. It's important to remember that anything and everything is only a "scandal' when it can be associated with the Conservatives. Nice try Liberal media whores.

    • Your comment is just a little disingenuous as Carson did research for John Turner. How many decades ago was that? He was hardly in the "inner sanctum" or as you Conservatives know it "The Centre" of the PMO. Nice try.

      • Well, one of us is being disingenuous.

        • Look at the thumbs up. I guess we know the answer.

          • You're insecurity is showing.

  7. There is an equally interesting story on the back pages of the G&M regarding the Harper Government 's attempt to muzzle the Commission Report on Afghan Torture which is well worth reading. Once again the self-proclaimed "Accountable and Transparent" Stephen Harper has decided that what has been done in the name of Canadians is none of our business.

    • The Glob@Plop? Why not tell everyone to read Liberal party talking points.

      • Is Harper trying to suppress the report? Yes. Is this typical of the Harper Government . Yes. Does it matter who reported it? No. So what;s your point?

        • The Glob@Plop is a Liberal party rag that feeds raw meat to Liberal drones like you.

          • Does calling the G&M liberal make the report untrue or are you just PO'd that MacLean's ran a story on it today.

          • I couldn't care less what the media tell you to think.

  8. This is a huge issue. Either the RCMP missed five criminal convictions in the thorough TOP SECRET security clearance, or they found them but gave him the clearance anyway and didn't mention it to PMO, or they found them, refused to pass him for clearance and told PMO why, and were then overruled by PMO.

    I can't imagine which of those three scenarios is in any way acceptable to anybody.

  9. Canada has been totally openned to foreign interference because of Harper's lack of security measures with his staff & if he can't ensure they do what's right..he's not a leader or certainly hasn't been taken seriously by his staff. He promotes law & order yet in his shutting down Parliament he let serial killer Russell Williams off with l/2 the sentence he would have gotten if Harper hadn't closed Parliament. Lies out there about Liberals doing it (don't believe it for a minute), source isn't credible & nothing in history proves it. Canadians cannot afford a Harper government that can't protect us, can't balance a budget, gets shut out of the UN, lies continually (no decency/morals), gives nothing back to Canadians (gave $2B taxpayer $$$ to Vale, Brazil)..they're taking all jobs out of Canada…nice touch Mr. H; Canada can't afford any more years of a Harper govt (H tried to get a coalition together but no one wanted to join him..hypocrite), got rid of long form cencus (after protests from every credible business & organization), Canada can't afford a Harper govt.

  10. How in the World Harper has led us through these post cretin criminal years, so easily and successfully with no major setback to our lifestyle is an act of benevolent god! Which one I don't know. But I bet which ever one helps Harper could get us DIRECTLY into Heaven! No gd next door liberal neighbour meeting you at the gates!

    • The well-regulated banking system saved Canada from financial crisis and your saviour Harper didn't invent it. However your little Stevie did spend the surplus, left by those Liberals and racked up 52 billion in deficit. Do you think maybe the rapture will wipe it out?

      • Well regulated criminal organization, with citizens who love of showing off cards, pay the bank to let them have their own money! lol. Harper hasn't got a lot to work with, when it comes to the search for any sign of intelligence in the canadian community!

  11. I don't get how Canadians (based on recent polls) can support voting for a leader who has lied about so many things, wants to build more jails (even though every study indicates longer terms worsen crime due to prisons being crime universities), tells us fighter jets will cost $16B when the Parliamentary auditor Kevin Page says they will cost $29B (ditto for Harper's crime bill) and also says that he has never seen a government so secretive, (withholding financial information that MPs need to vote on bills), then says the Liberals family pack $8.5B costs estimate can't be trusted). If he is out $14B according to the independent auditor, what about all of Harper's other financial estimates? If we can't afford the Liberals $8.5B plan then how can we afford $29B for fighter jets and $15B for more jails and longer sentences, never mind giving wealthy corporations $6B in tax savings? The USA Corporate tax rate is about 25% to 35% and ours are 15% so why do we need to give this money away? How many jobs have we gotten back from Federal money supporting corporations who took the money and left like GM? Why are we so stupid that we don't bother looking at the evidence before us? What will happen to democracy if he gets a majority and their is no way of stopping him from doing anything he wants when he has been a virtual dictator?

  12. Sounds like that Liberal Kool-Aid has rotted you're brain.

    • Yes, when your brain rots you decide you want a PM as a role model for your children. One that doesn't continually lie, distort and do anything to stay in power. Tells the public how awful a coalition of parties is when he tried to form one with the Bloc in 2004. Created his own coalition of the Reform and PCs to eliminate a divided right which split the right wing vote but can't stand the thought of the centre lefts forming a coalition so that the over 60% of Canadians who know what an power thirsty ego maniac he is (the Harper Gov't rather than the Canadian Gov't) splits the vote and allows someone with only 36% of the vote gets to run the country. I bet a lot of Canadians might wish that one day some dollars trickle down so that they could be wealthy enough to benefit from voting Conservative.

    • You're wrong/ Harper snapped up all the Kool-Aid or is that Fool-Aid to keep feeding his gang so there wasn't any left for anyone else.

  13. Yes, when your brain rots you decide you want a PM as a role model for your children. One that doesn't continually lie, distort and do anything to stay in power. Tells the public how awful a coalition of parties is when he tried to form one with the Bloc in 2004. Created his own coalition of the Reform and PCs to eliminate a divided right which split the right wing vote but can't stand the thought of the centre lefts forming a coalition so that the over 60% of Canadians who know what an power thirsty ego maniac he is (the Harper Gov't rather than the Canadian Gov't) splits the vote and allows someone with only 36% of the vote gets to run the country. I bet a lot of Canadians might wish that one day some dollars trickle down so that they could be wealthy enough to benefit from voting Conservative.

    • So the answer is yes.

  14. What a great leader, who hires repenting criminals to help them be great members of the Country, instead of like the liberals, turning good MP's into criminals or collaborators, or bringing them in from 3rd world dictatorships( if they bring their stolen billions). Canada has had nothing but good news, with this great run conservative Government. More good news today no doubt!

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