Former Harper aide charged by RCMP

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Bruce Carson already facing charges

One of Stephen Harper’s former top advisers, Bruce Carson, is facing three counts of prohibited lobbying and one count of influence peddling.

The charges are related to his work on government energy policy after he left the Prime Minister's Office in 2009.

The allegations aren't proven and haven't been tested in court. Carson is to appear in an Ottawa court June 18.

Carson already faces a charge of influence peddling laid against him by the RCMP last fall. It is related to an investigation by the police into his lobbying work.  Carson had his bank records seized by the Mounties during the investigation.

After he left the prime minister’s office, Carson, who was a former close friend of Harper, went to the University of Calgary.

He was also one of two founding co-chairs of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, which had the support of the Harper government.

Carson's lawyer said in a statement in March that Carson was "not in any way lobbying government or anyone else" and that charges would be "vigorously defended.”

The Mounties wrote in an affidavit filed last fall, that emails they obtained suggest Carson tried to lobby senior members of the Harper government  and senior bureaucrats including the Clerk of the Privy Council and Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

 

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