Ex-PM aide to stand trial for influence peddling

Bruce Carson. (File photo)

Bruce Carson. (File photo)

Tony Spears, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

A former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been committed to stand trial for influence peddling.

Bruce Carson's preliminary hearing concluded Thursday with Judge Jonathan Brunet finding the Crown had made a sufficiently strong case to meet the low threshold for committal: That the evidence presented at the hearing could, if believed, lead to a guilty verdict at trial.

The evidence and Brunet's reasons for committal are protected by a publication ban.

But it has already been reported that Carson, 68, is accused of using his federal connections to steer lucrative water treatment contracts to a firm with financial ties to his escort-fiancee, who was among the witnesses at this week's hearing.

RCMP laid the charges in the wake of a March 2011 investigation by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Last month RCMP laid new charges against Carson: Three counts of illegal lobbying and one more count of influence peddling.


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