New Details on Harper Government™’s Convicted Fraudster/Admitted Liar/Illegal Lobbyist Bruce Carson, his Alleged Fiancée-Prostitute, and Reserve Water Contracts
Canada School of Energy and Environment director Bruce Carson‘s life has gone straight downhill since I first posted about him a couple of weeks ago, pointing out that he seemed more interested in defending Conservative energy policy than actually promoting scientific research on climate change issues. Since then we’ve also discovered that he was stripped of his legal license for fraud, met with industry insiders to downplay the tarsands, allegedly lobbied the Minister of Indian Affairs on behalf of a water filtration company (H20 Pros), and then, according to his own account, lied to his employers at the company about doing the lobbying when he actually wasn’t. Thanks to the fantastic work of APTN, even seedier details have now emerged.
Carson has a fiancée, Michele McPherson, who is also a prostitute, or was, going by the name of Leanna VIP. They have a large house outside Ottawa, a black Mercedes car that she drives — and a very handsome contract with H20 Pros, the company Carson is accused of illegally lobbying for. McPherson signed, and Carson witnessed, a contract which gave her 20% of the revenue of that company on the First Nation reserve contracts which her boyfriend was helping arrange.
The plan involved setting up a subsidiary front company, H2O Global Group, for which McPherson would act as a sales agent.
McPherson no longer appears to be working as an escort — in fact, her LeannaVIP.com website still exists but won’t allow public access. However, her various posts on a Toronto escort online forum declared that she was “a first class service provider,” and “super friendly and accomadating [sic] girl who loves to please.” She promised “no disappointments here guys, so treat yourself.” And she was only 20 years old, which means she wasn’t even born yet when Carson was first convicted for fraud.
Update: I’m having a little trouble with the Carson-prostitute connection reported on by APTN. It’s not that it’s impossible — I assume they wouldn’t make that sort of allegation if they didn’t have reason to believe it. But the listed agent at H2O Global Group is Christine McPherson. She just returned from doing several years of human resources work in Qatar. So that doesn’t match up with the chronology in the APTN story. Perhaps this is the mother of “Leanne VIP”?
Corrections will be posted on this blog as necessary.
Update 2: Nope, both McPhersons work for H2O Global: proof here.
Update 3: National Post says Christine McPherson is Michele McPherson’s mother. Let’s not get distracted, though — the real focus is still on Carson.
Update 4: Now that the media has captured the story, information establishing Leanne VIP’s “services” as an escort has been removed out of politeness. However, the following links will be kept here as evidence: 1, 2, 3. I want to emphasize that this story does not need to be investigated further on that particular angle. The focus should remain on the possibly corrupt dealings involving Carson, McPherson, and H2O Pros, not on someone’s past as a sex worker.
Update 5: APTN has posted a video of what it has on Carson, and is promising another exposé tomorrow.Tweet