CSEE replaces former Harper aide amidst controversy

April 25, 2011

Founded by the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge, the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE) has named an interim executive director while Bruce Carson, a convicted fraudster and former senior aide to Conservative Party Leader Steven Harper, is on leave from the school. Carson was caught in a potential conflict that saw him lobbying Ottawa for program dollars on behalf of CSEE, at the same time he was working in the Prime Minister's Office, according to letters sent to the federal ethics commissioner in 2009 from Harper's chief of staff at the time. Carson remains under RCMP investigation and was forced to take a leave of absence last month from CSEE due to an unrelated incident. The school's interim executive director says Carson "did a great job" establishing CSEE as a valuable player in the policy debate around energy and the environment. CSEE News Release | Calgary Herald