Bruce Carson leaves the Ottawa courthouse on Nov. 17, 2015. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)The Crown had asked for a $50,000 penalty. Carson was found guilty in September on three counts under the Lobbying Act over work he did on a national energy strategy while director of the Canada School of Energy and Environment and later as the vice-chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.
Only 2 other convictions under Lobbying ActThe court was told that, between 2009 and 2011, Carson was paid about $600,000 for his lobbying work. There have only been two previous convictions under the Lobbying Act, which resulted in fines of $7,500 and $20,000, Crown prosecutor Robert Zsigo told the judge.
Punishment sends a message: justice"I reject that a nominal fine would address the principles of sentencing in this case, as it would not address the seriousness of the offences, their ongoing nature, the impact on the integrity of government and the need to denounce such conduct." Last year, Carson was found not guilty of influence-peddling in connection with attempts to persuade government officials to buy water filtration systems for First Nation communities, which were being sold by a company that employed Carson’s former escort girlfriend. While the judge in that case found Carson had attempted to influence high-ranking government officials, he was acquitted because the officials had no power to decide whether to buy the water systems.
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