Stephen Harper’s Former Adviser Visits Court Again

Bruce Carson, the controversial former assistant and senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has allegedly been charged with influence-peddling charges. This Monday his lawyer, Patrick McCann, made a short appearance in the Ottawa courtroom. Patrick McCann did not give any comments while he exited the court after a remand court set a date for a closed-doors judicial pre-trial.

This private judicial pre-trial between the lawyers of the party and a judge will commence on Oct. 17, while McCann is ordered to pay a visit in remand court again on Oct. 22. The date of a trial has not been decided. It was disclosed by the RCMP in July that Carson was charged with “fraud on the government also known as influence-peddling.” The Mounties stated that 66-years-old Carson accepted “a commission for a third party in connection with a business matter relating to the government.”

The accusations against the former aide of Prime Minister include a water-filtration contract with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. It has been allegedly claimed, though not yet proved, that the company was awarded this contract because it employed Carson’s fiancee, a former escort.

The court documents stated that Carson “did directly or indirectly demand a benefit for Michele McPherson from H2O Water Professionals Incorporated and H2O Global Group Incorporated as consideration for co-operation, assistance exercise of influence with a matter of business relating to the government, namely Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada.”

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