Newspaper article The Canadian Press

History of Harper Gov't Appointments Includes Arthur Porter and Senator Brazeau

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

History of Harper Gov't Appointments Includes Arthur Porter and Senator Brazeau

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Harper gov't appointments that raise questions

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OTTAWA - Some Harper government appointments and hirings that have raised questions:

Arthur Porter: An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Porter, former head of the CSIS watchdog agency, SIRC, for alleged fraud in the $1.3-billion construction of a Montreal mega-hospital. The Conservative government appointed Porter -- a medical doctor and cancer specialist -- to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2008. He became chairman less than two years later. Porter resigned in 2011, and now runs a private cancer clinic in the Bahamas.

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Bruce Carson: Before becoming one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's closest advisers, Carson had a history of fraud convictions and financial woes. Now he faces trial in the summer. The Prime Minister's Office contacted the RCMP in March 2011 after the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network first raised concerns about possible impropriety. Carson has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud on the government, also known as influence peddling. He was an adviser to Harper from 2006 to 2008.

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Sen. Patrick Brazeau: He was arrested on assault and sexual assault charges -- to which he has pleaded not guilty -- a day after a Senate committee announced it had hired independent auditors to examine his housing expense claims. …

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