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SCC convicts Bruce Carson, interprets influence-peddling offence broadly

Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:42 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court has broadly defined the crime of influence peddling in a decision which affirms 8-1 the conviction of Bruce Carson for selling his influence with the then-Harper government to assist a water filtration company to sell water treatment systems to Indigenous bands.

Justice Andromache KarakatsanisOn behalf of the majority, Justice Andromache Karakatsanis (Justice Suzanne Côté dissented) ruled that a year after Carson left government and his role as a senior adviser to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he committed an offence under s. 121(1)(d) of...