While other media have been digging into the story of Bruce Carson, the former senior advisor to Stephen Harper whose conduct regarding the promotion of water filtration systems to First Nations reserves has been referred to the RCMP for possible investigation, it was APTN that first broke the story.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
They recently ran a one-hour special (h/t Red Tory) going in-depth recapping their investigation into Carson, which includes the revelation Carson's 22-year-old fiancée Michele McPherson, a former Ottawa-area escort known as Leanna VIP whom he bought an expensive home outside Ottawa with, had a contract with a company selling water filtration units earning her a percentage of gross sales of water units to First Nations reserves across Canada that would have potentially been worth as much as $80 million to McPherson. In question is whether Carson tried to open doors for his girlfriend's business with his connections to the Harper government, as the company was hoping to see Indian and Northern Affairs put up millions to fund the program.
You can see where the wheels come off in Carson's interview with APTN, when they begin to ask about his fiancée and begin to hint at knowledge of her past profession.
It further deteriorates when they hit him with an e-mail that shows he claimed to have spoken with the Prime Minister and gotten advance notice of Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan's appointment as Indian Affairs minister, promising Duncan's appointment to cabinet wouldn't impact their hopes of funding for the program and that him and Duncan are good friends.
It probably hits rock bottom when they talk about a source who told them McPherson has a boyfriend who stays at their house when Carson is away, drives his cards, and that McPherson and the boyfriend were planning to cut-out the 66-year-old Carson out of the deal and her life once the contracts were signed. "My kids are going to see this for f*ck's sake" he says at one point.
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