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Supreme Court upholds Bruce Carson’s influence-peddling conviction

By Marco Vigliotti      

The court ruled in an 8-1 verdict released Friday that the ex-Conservative PMO aide broke the law when he tried to use his influence with government to secure contracts supplying water filtration units to First Nations communities for a company employing his then-girlfriend.

Former PMO adviser Bruce Carson, pictured outside an Ottawa court for his original influence-peddling trial on Sept. 14, 2015. Hill Times file photograph

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the influence-peddling conviction against former prime ministerial adviser Bruce Carson, effectively ending a sprawling legal saga involving the upper echelons of the former Conservative government that played out during the last federal election.

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