Bruce Carson, a former senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has officially been charged with influence peddling by the RCMP.
In a statement released Friday morning, the "A" Division Commercial Crime Section of the RCMP said that Carson, 66, had been charged with one count of fraud on the government.
According to the Globe and Mail, Carson is accused of lobbying the office of Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan on behalf of his fiancée, a former escort who was trying to sell water-purification systems to first nations communities.
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There are also allegations that he improperly lobbied the Natural Resources department on behalf of the Canada School of Energy and the Environment for $25-million in federal funding. The school had been created with a $15-million federal grant.
Carson served as Harper's chief policy analyst from 2006 to 2008 and returned to the prime minister's office briefly in 2009.Read More »from Former Harper Aide Bruce Carson charged with influence peddling