Supreme Court upholds influence-peddling conviction of former senior aide to Stephen Harper - 2018-03-23
The Supreme Court of Canada confirmed on Friday that Bruce Carson, a one-time senior aide to former prime minister Stephen Harper, is guilty of influence peddling for lobbying federal officials on behalf of a water-treatment company.
The ruling upheld a 2017 conviction by the Ontario Court of Appeal, which had overturned Mr. Carson's initial acquittal in 2015. Mr. Carson, now in his early 70s, was Mr. Harper's chief policy analyst between 2006 and 2009.
The case goes back to Mr. Carson's efforts in 2010 and 2011 to win contracts from First Nations communities for H2O Professionals, which would have paid any commissions to his then 22-year-old fiancée.