Bruce Carson trial verdict to be released after federal election

The former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper is facing a charge of influence peddling

APTN National News
OTTAWA—A verdict in the influence peddling trial of Bruce Carson, a former top adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won’t be handed down until well after the federal election.

Justice Bonnie Warkentin will be handing down the verdict on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

The two-day, paper-only trial was held in mid-September.

Carson was charged following an APTN National News investigation around the former Harper confidant’s activities to promote an Ottawa-based water filtration company looking to sell its product to First Nation communities suffering from water woes.

The company, H2O Pros, had signed a side deal with Carson’s then-fiancée Michele McPherson guaranteeing her a large cut of all revenues from sales to First Nations.

Carson approached Aboriginal Affairs officials and Harper government ministers claiming water filtration systems were a quick-fix for water problems in First Nation communities.

Carson is facing a separate set of illegal lobbying and influence peddling charges. That trial is scheduled for next year.
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