Golly. I wouldn't be surprised if Stephen Harper is having nightmares these days, like Ebenezer Scrooge did in A Christmas Story.
Waking up in the middle of the night, sweating like a pig, staring at the ghost of Bruce Carson come back to haunt him.Read more »
I’ve been wondering what rock Harper aide Bruce Carson has been hiding under of late.
Bruce Carson, 66, has been charged with one count of what’s formally referred to as influence peddling, RCMP said Friday.
He served as Harper’s chief policy analyst and fixer from 2006 to 2008 and returned to the prime minister’s office briefly in 2009.
Carson is alleged to have accepted commission from a third party in connection to a government business matter.
It’s believed Carson was trying to set up a water purification deal to benefit his then 22-year old stripper/escort/girlfriend Michelle McPherson.
Monday, December 12 saw two main topics of debate. But perhaps most striking was the introduction of the Cons’ newest tactic to dictate the terms of discussion in the House of Commons.
The Big IssueMuch of the day’s discussion focused on the Cons’ copyright bill. And Paul Calandra started proceedings by moving that question be put in order to prevent any amendments to the legislation at the last stage where the bill could be amended in substance; naturally Scott Simms among other lamented the fact that the Cons had started using yet another means to shut down discussion of
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 12, 2011
In 2007, knowing that they couldn’t ride Adscam forever, the Harper government put our tax dollars to good use, by hiring a private investigator to dig into the Liberal’s polling expenses.
However, the firm he hired did not uncover the results he was hoping for. An independent investigator hired by the Harper government to look into past Liberal polling practices has wound up shining an unfavourable light on the Tories’ penchant for polling. Daniel Paille notes that the Conservative government has commissioned more than two polls per business day, a figure he calls “quite astounding.”
His report shows that
. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Hands Found in Harper’s Deep Pockets
What happened to the RCMP investigation into Bruce Carson that Harper himself ordered, presumably to get his own lard arse off the hook? Carson, you will recall, is the convicted fraud artist/disbarred lawyer/courtesan frequenting and purported influence peddling dirty old man who wangled his way into a fixer job in Harper’s inner sanctum, the PMO.
It’s not easy finding anything recent about Bruce Carson. He seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. Last September, Aboriginal TV news tried to follow up with the RCMP and got the runaround. One RCMP spokesperson said
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Has Harper’s Buddy Bruce Carson Conveniently Fallen Between the Cracks?
It seems that the NDP has given the Conservative government a well deserved slap in the face. After weeks of hounding CBC to produce documents about their internal operations, likely to give competitors an inside look at how the Crown Corporation operates, a question has now been put on the order paper by MP Tyrone Benskin (you can [...]
Tonight in Bruce Carson, the prospect of the auditor general taking a look at the use of funds at the school Carson directed, the Canada School of Energy and the Environment, is getting some attention: Industry Canada, which signed the $15-million fund… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A little more important than the PBO thing
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Frances Russell comments on how the Cons’ war mentality is leading them to shut down any inconvenient opposition using unprecedented procedural tricks:Prime Minister Stephen Harper won his coveted majo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links
1. Very serious Globe editorial. The tip-off is the use of the word “pukes” in the title. 2. Big news on the climate change front, covered in a good post at DeSmog Blog: “Australia Gets a Price on Carbon Despite Toxic Anti-Science Campaign.” It really … . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Wednesday drive-by blogging
This and that for your Thursday reading.- Henry Farrell points out why supposedly progressive ideas which don’t do anything to counter corporate power are doomed to failure:Neo-liberals tend to favor a combination of market mechanisms and technocratic … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
As the parties enter their second full week Harper’s strategy of attacks based on a fictional premise, taking credit for the recovery, avoiding answering inconvenient questions and pretending he has nothing to do with the sketchy cast of characters su… . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY TEN: Still TheTeflon Tories… but for how much longer?
But the man’s connections to our Prime Minister are quite tightly bound.H/t The Mound of Sound . . . → Read More: Troy’s Scribbles: Harper was quick to dump Carson
The latest scandal besetting the Prime Minister Office (PMO) involved a former top advisor of Harper – Bruce Carson. Carson was lobbying on behalf of an Ottawa company. He allegedly lobbied with Indian Affairs Minister on behalf of H2O Pro to sell water filters to First Nation reserves. APTN’s (Aboriginal People Television Network) Jorge Barrera [...] . . . → Read More: PoliTeching: PMO Scandal – Carson’s E-mail Says He Spoke With Harper and Things Were Not Going to Slow Down