H2O-Gate

Morbidly interesting footage of Harper adviser and “lobbyist” Bruce Carson being interviewed by APTN reporters earlier this month about his sleazy business and personal affairs.

“My children are going to watch this for fucksake,” Carson pleads at one point when the conversation turned to talk of his escort “fiancée” who stood to profit handsomely from the proposed deal to sell water filtration units to native tribes.

At the 9 minute mark, Carson is informed by the reporters that the boyfriend of his “business partner” has been living at his love-shack outside Ottawa and driving his cars when he’s not around and that the two of them plan to cut him out of the deal once he’s of no more use in furthering their interests.

It’s quite pathetic, actually.

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37 responses to “H2O-Gate

  1. Ah, so you’ve discovered this squalid story, Red. Blogger The Sixth Estate (currently one of the best, in my view) has been on this from Day One.

    Had we a robust press with the stones to dig into this rancid mess and follow its thread into Harper’s PMO, we’d be sticking a fork into Stevie right now: he’d be done. So far, our obsequious media have just averted their eyes in shocked (and frightened) embarrassment.

    Cleverly, Harper phoned the RCMP as soon as the story broke, in order to seem shocked, shocked, I tell you—a crucial bit of Damage Control 101 that appears to have petted our lazy media into complaisance.

  2. Tomm

    Wow. What an ambush.

    It makes “journalists” seem pretty much equal to bounty hunters in terms of ethical standards.

    Sir Francis, instead of watching the unfolding horror for what it was, you decided to spin this by mentioning Harper’s name 3 times, the PMO once, RCMP once,and even did a nice little turn by coining “Damage Control 101”.

    Sigh.

  3. What an ambush.

    Yeah, journalists asking questions of a senior government operative. The nerve. Wouldn’t get away with that in Cuba, boy.

    …instead of watching the unfolding horror for what it was…

    And just what was it, Tomm? I’ve been following the story for over two weeks, but your first-blush impression of an eleven minute video has no doubt provided you with a perspective more deeply informed than mine. You’ve got the floor.

  4. Tomm

    APTN journalists ambushed Carson. That wasn’t obvious to you?

    I have no knowledge of what he was trying to sell (reverse osmosis water purification systems?) or whether he was being used by some bimbo. I also don’t know how he has been linked with the PMO except he categorically stated that he had lied in an e-mail where he had claimed a discussion with Harper that hadn’t taken place.

    The MSM has told me that he hasn’t worked in the PMO since 2008, has a criminal record that was publicly well known, hasn’t registered as a lobbiest, and that it was the PMO that asked the RCMP to investigate.

    Ball’s in your court…

  5. APTN journalists ambushed Carson.

    And that was bloody outrageous. Like I said, journalists really shouldn’t be allowed to ask awkward questions of party hacks who’ve been sucking the public teat at the highest levels of government for half a decade. We really need a Castro to put things right around here.

    I have no knowledge of what he was trying to sell…

    You appear to have no knowledge of anything related to this repulsive fiasco. Then again, it’s embarrassing to your pals, not to the Liberals. If it were Jean Chretien’s best friend and most trusted advisor who had been caught peddling influence on behalf of a call-girl shortly after having left the PMO and while claiming to have the prime minister’s ear, it would be grounds for a revolution. Actually, the mere appointment of a man as shabby as Carson to the PMO would disgust you. But I suppose Stevie’s laying on of hands is enough to purify even the most pus-filled of his sordid blisters on the nation’s governance.

    If you had any credibility to lose, Tomm, the sound of integrity being sucked down a hair-clogged drain would deafen us both.

  6. Tomm

    That was pretty good.

    “… repulsive fiasco…caught peddling influence on behalf of a call-girl…the mere appointment of a man as shabby as…Stevie’s laying on of hands is enough to purify even the most pus-filled of his sordid blisters…”

    But I guess I don’t have any credibility to lose because that video didn’t tell me those things. I guess I’ll have to live devoid of any credibility.

    The video told me that some guy, probably within 10 years of my age, had just gotten trapped in some journalist “sting” operation and was outed as a cuckolded lover, a liar, and an empty fisted hustler on what is now a widely available public video. He is also under RCMP investigation requested by the PM himself.

    I felt sorry for the guy. Does that make me morally bankrupt too?

  7. …that video didn’t tell me those things.

    Shame on it…when you’re clearly so desperate for the facts.

    I guess I’ll have to live devoid of any credibility.</i.

    Don’t forget to ask for your Senate seat.

    He is also under RCMP investigation requested by the PM himself…

    after the scandal broke in the media.

    I felt sorry for the guy. Does that make me morally bankrupt too?

    It does not make you morally bankrupt; it is an effect of a pre-existing moral bankruptcy.

    Nevertheless, I note with delight your capacity to sympathise with “Conservative” criminals and frauds. With any luck, this powerful faculty shall cross party boundaries and extend to Liberal criminals and frauds, whereupon you shall come into possession of a bi-partisan nihilism formerly the exclusive property of the kind of woolly-headed moral neutralist you think you’re not.

    Thus, allow me to salute, in advance, your shockingly unanticipated espousal of Canadian “tolerance” in the very worst (that is, your) sense of the word.

  8. My kingdom for a “Preview” button.

  9. Tomm

    I’ve got no issues with an RCMP investigation. If they find wrong doing, I hope they treat Carson as well as …the Adscamers… or Karl Heinz. Which, if I recall, was like the soft pillow torture of Monty Python. White collar crime seems to pay quite well.

    But on a more serious note, corruption and influence peddling from high office is a dangerous game and there should be very low levels of tolerance. Carson has to pay a price for doing it.

    Was I suitably sober?

  10. It’s good to see my political foes still at it! What’s it been, 3 years? Wow. Well, I’ve come out of the woodwork myself. Ready to spar, as always. Good to see you guys, in a weird weird way. 😉

  11. Tomm

    Hi TT,

    Sir Francis is now in his dotage. It seemed cruel to keep turning the screws, so we humour him.

  12. Was I suitably sober?

    No. But you were a suitably evasive useful idiot in your failure to care that Harper unquestionably degraded the highest elective office in the land and may have facilitated his crony’s corruption.

    Sir Francis is now in his dotage [blah, blah]…

    Now that’s the spirit, Tomm. Your true colours are far more interesting to watch than that drab, golly-gee “civility” you usually insist on wearing. It’s just not you.

    Sad, isn’t it? One day you’re a Prairie Reform-booster demanding honesty, integrity, and accountability from the government and damning the Eastern hacks with their faces in the Ottawa trough; next day you’re a morally exhausted partisan lemming who feels sorry for an ex-con “Conservative” whore-monger and defends the prime minister who helped him find public funds to shovel into his prostitute girlfriend’s purse. What a shame.

  13. Trusty, could you please explain to Tomm (in simple, non-elitist words) why it’s not a great idea for a head of government to appoint as his Chief of Staff a guy with a criminal record who bangs call girls, and why, when aforementioned john gets caught peddling influence through the exposure of an e-mail in which he mentions being in daily contact with aforementioned head of government, an investigation of aforementioned head of government is in order? Perhaps your facility with Neoconese will help you communicate with him more effectively than I can.

  14. “What’s it been, 3 years? Wow.”

    surely, 3 whole years deserve at least a “zowie!”, mr. rombone.

    KEvron

  15. Tomm

    Sir Francis,

    You don’t need to mince your words, I can take a punch…

  16. (in his best jack nicholon)

    a punch?! you can’t handle a punch!

    the only thing frank has minced are your arguments.

    KEvron

  17. I can take a punch…

    You certainly can. Whole bowls of it.

    Hold out your glass, and let John Baird ladle you some more; you look thirsty.

  18. Tomm

    Sir Francis,

    We are in the midst of an election campaign. I sense that you will be appropriately outraged by every twist and turn. Carson is a good start. I’m sure Stephen Harper’s fingerprints are all over this. In fact I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Carson and Harper were out drinking together, perhaps with Rahim ordering up the companionship. Too bad there’s no video for Ignatieff to wave around.

    You forget that I lost my election viginity watching Paul Martin describe Harper as a kitten eating war wongering Bush RepubliCON in 2005. After that debacle, its all just “quirky”.

  19. “Paul Martin describe Harper as a kitten eating war wongering Bush RepubliCON”

    omg!!1! where were the rcmp??1?

    KEvron

  20. Then “zowie” it is! Honestly, I was expected to be outright shot on site, but at least there’s still some room for a friendly “hi” for a guy you used to love to hate. 😉

    Tomm, I have to agree with Sir Francis, it probably isn’t a good thing to have a hooker-banging dude with a criminal record as your Chief of Staff. Although, didn’t it work for the Kennedy’s? And one became President! 😉

  21. “I was expected to be outright shot on site”

    expected by whom?

    KEvron

  22. You guys. But perhaps I didn’t give you the benefit of the doubt.

  23. “You guys”

    we guys expected you to be shot?! hardly my own expectation, but the stale “kennedy” reference certainly met them.

    funny that you skipped right past the clenis in that desperate reach….

    KEvron

  24. I lost my election viginity watching Paul Martin describe Harper as a kitten eating war wongering Bush RepubliCON in 2005…

    And Harper’s “Paul Martin Supports Child Pornography” was what? Foreplay?

  25. Tomm

    Yes I remember, Harper accused Martin of being soft on child porn.

    Those were the days…

  26. Harper accused Martin of being soft on child porn.

    Can you not read? Harper accused Martin of supporting child porn. Of endorsing it. Of being the next thing to a child molester.

    You seem mistily nostalgic about the day our politics hit its nadir. Says it all, really.

  27. CWTF

    I’ve got no issues with an RCMP investigation. If they find wrong doing, I hope they treat Carson as well as …the Adscamers… or Karl Heinz.
    Surely you mean Mulroney, you know the PM you took big brown envelopes and did not declared them for a few years…. and then only under duress…

    As for Carson, just goes to show what kind of people the Harper government surrounds itself with…. Not to mention that Harper did create a lobby group for him with our tax dollars…

  28. Tomm

    Sir Francis,

    Yes, yes, whatever.

    It was also the time where the Liberal’s told Canadian’s about the CRAP hidden agenda, soldiers in the streets, the return to the 1950’s moral values of racism, sexism, back alley abortions, capital punishment, and homo bashing.

    I’m nostalgic because the attack ads were so visceral. Harper’s face caught in some grimace of rage. We even had the opposition dominated committee calling Gwyn Morgan a racist and refusing his appointment as someone in charge of appointments. The Liberal Party really should have been hauled out behind the barn and drowned. But we voters have let them live so they can be the beautiful agent for change they are today.

    All we get now are “didn’t get it done”, “just visiting”, “didn’t come back for you” and an oil spot as a cartoon character.

    But, if I may, we are reaching a point where the opposition has decided to teach the government a lesson by citing them for contempt of parliament. I think they used release of information, but they could have used Oda, or given Milliken’s blessing, pretty much anything. It truly was a star chamber. I especially liked the committee rhetoric from Pat Martin and David McGuinty. First class all the way.

    We really haven’t traveled that far. If I am misty eyed for the past, it is just that I knew more than those folks that swallowed the hidden agenda garbage.

    There are no hidden agenda’s today. If the Liberal’s return to power, they will bring it all back. They will pour money into all kinds of welfare and social justice programming, gut the military, and give convicted killer’s day passes, as long as they promise not to drink. The west will get squat, and the oil interests will be forced into some sort of national energy plan to pay for all this.

    If the Tories get a majority they will kill the long gun registry, kill the per vote subsidy, start doing some serious trimming of the public service, and probably dismantle the Wheat Board. With any luck they will have a national discussion about government sponsored media and my pet wish, move the CBC HQ to Winnipeg.

    See how my vision is clouded? I’m just getting all teary and sentimental.

  29. Shiner

    We really haven’t traveled that far. If I am misty eyed for the past, it is just that I knew more than those folks that swallowed the hidden agenda garbage

    If the Tories get a majority they will kill the long gun registry, kill the per vote subsidy, start doing some serious trimming of the public service, and probably dismantle the Wheat Board. With any luck they will have a national discussion about government sponsored media and my pet wish, move the CBC HQ to Winnipeg.

    Um…

  30. Shiner

    Had we a robust press with the stones to dig into this rancid mess and follow its thread into Harper’s PMO, we’d be sticking a fork into Stevie right now: he’d be done. So far, our obsequious media have just averted their eyes in shocked (and frightened) embarrassment.

    There’s a rather funny (read: sad) headline on The G&M’s website this morning:

    APTN: The native network that’s getting a nation’s attention

    It’s in the Arts section. Apparently the Carson affair serves mainly as a chance for the media to rub the savage’s head and say “Golly, you’re doing investigative reporting, just like real people“. Meanwhile, no mention of Carson in their top 10 or so stories. The media seems content to relegate their comments on the sordid mess to clever twitter remarks.

  31. emily

    The “unfolding horror that was” … the TV ambush of Stephane Dion.

    No RCMP called … just the appointment of the perp to a senate seat .

  32. CWTF

    Well Tomm just underscore the stupidity of most Harpercon voters. While actively decrying ills of politicians (lack of transparency, influence peddling etc) but ready to embrace a party that has been egregiously apt at what is vilified…

    As for the rest of the paid stenographers, lets not get started…. When “how much can I fellate the Cons” Adrian considers himself a journalist….

  33. They will pour money into all kinds of welfare and social justice programming…

    Yeah, just like Chrétien/Martin did when they wiped out the debt and created serial surpluses.

    And, anyway, who needs all that “welfare and social justice” rubbish? We need more inequality, more poverty, and more misery. I mean, hell…if we wake up one day to find that no Canadian is so desperate for rent money as to sell her body for fifty bucks, how on earth will Stephen Harper’s PMO staff get laid?

  34. “Can you not read?”

    you can lead a jackass to water….

    KEvron

  35. SF: I had been aware of the story, but hadn’t been following it much. Normally, I don’t like wallowing in the tawdry details of so-called scandals (and this one is pretty minor in a lot of respects), but actually seeing Carson “ambushed” and watching this high-flying backroom mover & shaker crumple when faced with the squalid facts of his grubby dealings was just too irresistible not to post.

    I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering how a convicted felon (for defrauding his clients of more than $20,000,) who was debarred and also declared bankruptcy twice, was able to work his way into the inner sanctum of the PMO and other places of influence…

    Perhaps our “conservative” friends can offer up a reasonable explanation of some sort.

  36. Penny

    Sir Francis, did I ever tell you how much I love you?? What a wordsmith!!

    Nice to see Tomm the Target is still around too… doesn’t know anything about the issue but still ready to defend the Dear Leader.

    “we are reaching a point where the opposition has decided to teach the government a lesson by citing them for contempt of parliament. I think they used release of information, but they could have used Oda, or given Milliken’s blessing, pretty much anything. It truly was a star chamber.”

    Ummm, any idea what a Star Chamber really is, Tomm? Not that they exist any more, but here’s a definition of the modern usage – from wikipedia, but I’m sure you’ll find it’s the same at any site: “Star Chamber: In modern usage, legal or administrative bodies with strict, arbitrary rulings and secretive proceedings are sometimes called, metaphorically or poetically, star chambers. This is a pejorative term and intended to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the proceedings.”

    Nothing secretive, strict or arbitrary about the “proceedings” of the opposition parties held in full view of the entire House… Nor was there a ruling, until the Speaker ruled. In public.

    But let me enlighten you about those proceedings. APTN has a video interview online with the 2 journalists about how they got the information. They also have a story: “Based on emails written by Carson, the former Harper advisor said he planned to help Atleo scrap the Indian Act in exchange for his support in promoting an Ottawa-based water company named H2O Pros, which later created an entity called H2O Global Group to deal with Indian Affairs.”

    Harking back to Chretien and Adscam does little to justify Harper’s lack of judgement regarding the sort of people he put in his cabinet or kept around the PMO. After all, nobody in 2011 is defending Chretien; he retired a long time ago. So did Mulroney, although the present-day CONs are not the same people – with the exception of the sell-out, Potato Patch Pete.

    What we are faced with today is an even more repugnant situation. And that doesn’t mean that I like Iggy any better than the present gang. I just don’t see him as capable of acting like a dictator.

  37. So. A Contempt Party of Canada majority in Parliament. Jobs galore for Cons.

    As for the excellent journalism produced by APTN … How long before Stevie Spiteful peevishly cancels any federal funding it may be receiving, do you think?

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