PM's ex-senior advisor 'secret sauce' for energy lobby group

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Tony Spears, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:54 PM ET

The prime minister's former senior advisor, Bruce Carson, was the "secret sauce" capable of delivering government support for a private organization's energy agenda, a man who is now a Conservative senator wrote in a 2010 e-mail seized by Mounties.

"We are making progress and you are the secret sauce," Doug Black wrote in a November 2010 e-mail reply to Carson, who was begging for a cheque from the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.

Black, appointed to the Senate last year, was president of the institute at the time.

Carson was the institute's co-chair, which came with a $60,000-a-year honorarium when he got the job in 2009, though he was pulling in $120,000 a year by 2010.

"Wondering if I could get a cheque for dec and jan (sic)," Carson wrote on Nov. 19, 2010. "I have appreciated your generosity in the past -- and am reluctant to bug you again -- however "¦ I really do believe we will advance our energy agenda in 2011 farther than we ever thought possible."


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