Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office has asked the RCMP to investigate conflict of interest allegations against one of his former senior aides. The Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday also informed the conflict of interest office, the ethics commissioner and the lobbying commissioner about the allegations against Bruce Carson, Harper spokesman Dimitri Soudas said in an email. The agencies were notified after the PMO learned about the allegations from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Meanwhile, Carson, who became executive director of the University of Calgary's Canada School of Energy and Environment after leaving his government position in 2009, issued a statement Wednesday night saying he is taking a leave of absence until the RCMP probe is completed. More... OK, I have to ask... is this any different than when the Liberals were in power where ther was one political scandal after another?