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Guergis accuses PMO of smear campaign

Former Conservative cabinet minister wants an explanation from Harper


 

Helena Guergis is accusing the Prime Minister’s Office of running a smear campaign against her, resulting in her expulsion from the Conservative caucus and cabinet even after she was cleared by the RCMP. During a press conference held in her riding of Simcoe-Grey on Friday, Guergis said there was a deliberate effort on the part of the PMO to spread lies about her alleged criminal behaviour, including drug abuse and attempts to use her public office to secure illegal contracts. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was unapologetic, and reaffirmed his decision to kick Guergis out of the caucus. “There were, as you know well, a range of political problems around this individual,” said Harper. “There is simply no desire to see the return of this individual to caucus.” Guergis says the PMO never explained why she was expelled from the caucus, despite that the allegations leveled against her by the RCMP were dropped. “I pleaded with Mr. Harper to tell [me] what he thought I had done wrong in order to be able to address these allegations head on and to be able to defend myself,” said Guergis. “Unfortunately, he refused.”

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Guergis accuses PMO of smear campaign

  1. This 'man'-child has mounted a malicious campaign against ALL MODERN Canadians and Canadian beliefs and institutions.

    Not surprising that he would hang a female member of his party out to dry after he didn't need her anymore… perhaps she asserted her free will, opinions on womens rights, but Harper is a Neanderthal, and wold only view it as a personal attack….

    Well, his PRE-HUMAN mentality is spreading to voters, we now view EVERYTHING Harper does as a personal attack on each individual Canadian. There will be may more tears if this fascist authoritarian gets even a shed of additional power. What we need to do is hog tie him like the rabid animal he is and leave him to starve to death, metaphorically of course.

  2. This 'man'-child has mounted a malicious campaign against ALL MODERN Canadians and Canadian beliefs and institutions.

    Not surprising that he would hang a female member of his party out to dry after he didn't need her anymore… perhaps she asserted her free will, opinions on womens rights, but Harper is a Neanderthal, and wold only view it as a personal attack….

    Well, his PRE-HUMAN mentality is spreading to voters, we now view EVERYTHING Harper does as a personal attack on each individual Canadian. There will be may more tears if this fascist authoritarian gets even a shed of additional power. What we need to do is hog tie him like the rabid animal he is and leave him to starve to death, metaphorically of course.

      • Yes much. But not as serious a problem as the Government of Harper.

        • Hey! That is unfair. It's the Harper Government.

      • hyperbole in metaphor, what a novel and artistic idea..!!! dumbass., redundant and indicative of just how drooling stupid 'ottawa centrist' really is, get offa my planet, if you think what i had to say is hyperbole, then perhaps you know a little more than you let on..,

    • So given that 40% of voting Canadians actually do support the PM, are we all "pre-human" too? You should really seek help, buddy. Cut down on caffeine or something.

  3. Dictatorship with minority!

    Majority?! LOL! can you imagine the Harper regime with a majority government?! SCARY!.

    • Please stop repeating this spam. You are not accomplishing anything useful and you look like an idiot.

  4. Canada needs cleaning up in a big way. The current conservatives are not up for the job – This government plays off of the financial and other ignorance of Canadians – like vampires sucking the good will of the Canadian people. The green party would be a step up from a government that thinks it cheaper for our heroes to die in far flung places, rather than provide treatment and care. This government spends tax dollars on heavily funded court systems to deprive our heroes of their rightful entitlement. Time for change -time for Canada to become one country, one people –free people. Politicians that divide their nation to grip to power – have no business leading – go back to high school and let the adults take the helm. Plat time is over.

  5. Canada needs cleaning up in a big way. The current conservatives are not up for the job – This government plays off of the financial and other ignorance of Canadians – like vampires sucking the good will of the Canadian people. The green party would be a step up from a government that thinks it cheaper for our heroes to die in far flung places, rather than provide treatment and care. This government spends tax dollars on heavily funded court systems to deprive our heroes of their rightful entitlement. Time for change -time for Canada to become one country, one people –free people. Politicians that divide their nation to grip to power – have no business leading – go back to high school and let the adults take the helm. Plat time is over.

    • halle-fuiking-lujah

      i have not been so incensed as this by the actions of another 'human' since high-school… so funny that you would liken his mentality to that of a high-school KID. What happened to pointless bullies in high school, oh yeah, they're now dead, miserable and wishing they were dead, or blaming someone else and committing suicide, any of the above would be an excellent outcome for the high-school bully HARPER.

      Be a REAL CANADIAN, find your balls and step the *uck down, forever.

      • So you agree with the way this woman treated the union airport workers in Dartmouth pulling rank and calling them all the filthy names she could think of at the time. You agree with her being back in caucus while her husband was using her office to do business. The way you make a commnet shows you are an ignorant red neck .If you cannot make your point without all your little "F" words you lose any power it may present..

        • eff you

  6. halle-fuiking-lujah

    i have not been so incensed as this by the actions of another 'human' since high-school… so funny that you would liken his mentality to that of a high-school KID. What happened to pointless bullies in high school, oh yeah, they're now dead, miserable and wishing they were dead, or blaming someone else and committing suicide, any of the above would be an excellent outcome for the high-school bully HARPER.

    Be a REAL CANADIAN, find your balls and step the *uck down, forever.

  7. She played the "woman" card. Yuck.

    That might have worked in 1985. In 2011, women are able to stand on their own two feet.

  8. She played the "woman" card. Yuck.

    That might have worked in 1985. In 2011, women are able to stand on their own two feet.

  9. Helena I wish you success in your campain and reelection efforts.
    When the goin gets tough, the tough get going.

  10. Helena I wish you success in your campain and reelection efforts.
    When the goin gets tough, the tough get going.

  11. Yes much. But not as serious a problem as the Government of Harper.

  12. This Is the same woman who called hard working airport workers all the names in the book and the left wing media demanded her resignation especially the peoples network that is now acting like saviours.Her husband got off with just an impaired charge but was in possession of cocaine. If Harper had or would let this woman back in caucus we would hear all the hypocrites on the left crying blue murder, The Liberal party is behind all of this in conjunction with the CBC. They are with out a doubt the most weasley party in Canada .I hope the airport workers in Dartmouth will also be given the chance to express their feelings..

  13. This Is the same woman who called hard working airport workers all the names in the book and the left wing media demanded her resignation especially the peoples network that is now acting like saviours.Her husband got off with just an impaired charge but was in possession of cocaine. If Harper had or would let this woman back in caucus we would hear all the hypocrites on the left crying blue murder, The Liberal party is behind all of this in conjunction with the CBC. They are with out a doubt the most weasley party in Canada .I hope the airport workers in Dartmouth will also be given the chance to express their feelings..

    • Wasn't that hype complaint about her later retracted after her rebuttal brought forth no confirmation of the original report? Sorta like Ruby and her supposed "prisoner" nanny who had brought similar charges against her former employers, the media had a blip in ratings the raison d'etre for most "newsy" items anyway.

  14. Please stop repeating this spam. You are not accomplishing anything useful and you look like an idiot.

  15. So you agree with the way this woman treated the union airport workers in Dartmouth pulling rank and calling them all the filthy names she could think of at the time. You agree with her being back in caucus while her husband was using her office to do business. The way you make a commnet shows you are an ignorant red neck .If you cannot make your point without all your little "F" words you lose any power it may present..

  16. .
    Nothing Guergis did (nor is claimed against her husband under severe testing of the principle of presumption of innocence), compares with a leader tossing her out for bad optics in the name of RCMP-worthy 'serious allegations', which everyone even last year knew very well came from a debt-ridden gumshoe.

    How can any just-minded conservative vote for this man? How can you do it? How can you possibly vote for him?
    .

  17. .
    Nothing Guergis did (nor is claimed against her husband under severe testing of the principle of presumption of innocence), compares with a leader tossing her out for bad optics in the name of RCMP-worthy 'serious allegations', which everyone even last year knew very well came from a debt-ridden gumshoe.

    How can any just-minded conservative vote for this man? How can you do it? How can you possibly vote for him?
    .

    • Yeah, unfortunately we don't believe you. We know that IF she was still in the caucus, never mind cabinet, you would be howling your outrage all the same. This is the merest pretext for all you Harper-haters to vent your spleen.

  18. .
    It can hire more pro-Dear Leader comment shills.

    And people who can't look debaters in the eye and talk at the same time.
    .

  19. hyperbole in metaphor, what a novel and artistic idea..!!! dumbass., redundant and indicative of just how drooling stupid 'ottawa centrist' really is, get offa my planet, if you think what i had to say is hyperbole, then perhaps you know a little more than you let on..,

  20. eff you

  21. I hardly ever get involved in these political arguments but when there is hyposcrisy I cannot help myself. Was it not the opposition that called for Helena Guergis' resignation/firing after the airport incident and the debacle with her assistant calling anonymously into a radio program to exhalt Ms. Guergis's many wonderful qualities. For supporters of those oppostion parties to now paint her as a victim of the Conservatives is unpalable…and that is being gracious.

  22. I hardly ever get involved in these political arguments but when there is hyposcrisy I cannot help myself. Was it not the opposition that called for Helena Guergis' resignation/firing after the airport incident and the debacle with her assistant calling anonymously into a radio program to exhalt Ms. Guergis's many wonderful qualities. For supporters of those oppostion parties to now paint her as a victim of the Conservatives is unpalable…and that is being gracious.

    • the word was "unpalatable". I apologize for the typing…

      • Are you really saying only pleasant people can be victims?

        The opposition complained about her behaviour. The opposition is still complaining about Harper's process. I agree it would make a better story if Helena was a sweet and gentle soul, but there is nothing hypocritical about expecting the PM to follow a transparent & fair process even if the person involved isn't nice .

        • Now Stewart_Smith, surely you are not saying that the opposition just "complained" about her behavior and did not demand her resignation/firing. That would disengenious on your part. Having read your many blogs, I would never accuse you of that. The truth of the matter is that opposition saw her behavior as unacceptable on two different occasions and would have had her ousted from caucas. Later to become empathec because she was removed from caucas for a different reason is disengenous at best. Had Harper and his minions bowed to Ignatieff in the first place, Helen Guergis would have ended up in the same place as she is now.

          • The opposition sought her resignation as a Minister, they never said she should be removed from caucus.

            Also the opposition based this on early reports of abusive behaviour in the airport. My recollection is that subsequent review of security tapes showed that Guergis's behavour was not as bad as first reported and hardly abusive. Of course, through all of this, Guergis was seen as a pretty weak Minister.

            Now, Harper certainly could refer to the PEI meltdown as the reason for his actions against Guergis. If he had then Guergis would know what the accusations are against her and responded to them. It is the fundamental principle of natural justice (and good management) that a person understand what they are accused of doing and be given a chance to respond.

            Politics is the only profession in Canada in which Harper could get away with his disrespect for proper practice… in any other field he would be looking at a major lawsuit.

  23. the word was "unpalatable". I apologize for the typing…

  24. Are you really saying only pleasant people can be victims?

    The opposition complained about her behaviour. The opposition is still complaining about Harper's process. I agree it would make a better story if Helena was a sweet and gentle soul, but there is nothing hypocritical about expecting the PM to follow a transparent & fair process even if the person involved isn't nice .

  25. Some wise commenter on these pages, predicted some weeks ago that Helena would find her way back to centre stage once the election started. For those interested, we are now waiting to hear from a certain retired general.

  26. Now Stewart_Smith, surely you are not saying that the opposition just "complained" about her behavior and did not demand her resignation/firing. That would disengenious on your part. Having read your many blogs, I would never accuse you of that. The truth of the matter is that opposition saw her behavior as unacceptable on two different occasions and would have had her ousted from caucas. Later to become empathec because she was removed from caucas for a different reason is disengenous at best. Had Harper and his minions bowed to Ignatieff in the first place, Helen Guergis would have ended up in the same place as she is now.

  27. You know, when the Liberals and their media were busy lynching Guergis in the court of public opinion, with nothing more then the very specious "anonymous sources" routine, I felt sorry for Guergis. Now I wonder what the heck could she be thinking with this outrageous, media led stunt. The hypocrisy on display from the Liberals and the media is nauseating, although quite predictable.

  28. You know, when the Liberals and their media were busy lynching Guergis in the court of public opinion, with nothing more then the very specious "anonymous sources" routine, I felt sorry for Guergis. Now I wonder what the heck could she be thinking with this outrageous, media led stunt. The hypocrisy on display from the Liberals and the media is nauseating, although quite predictable.

  29. Harper is Divine and and the GG should appoint him as PM for life perhaps?
    He is the only one who can make Canada safe and prosperous!

  30. Harper is Divine and and the GG should appoint him as PM for life perhaps?
    He is the only one who can make Canada safe and prosperous!

  31. The opposition sought her resignation as a Minister, they never said she should be removed from caucus.

    Also the opposition based this on early reports of abusive behaviour in the airport. My recollection is that subsequent review of security tapes showed that Guergis's behavour was not as bad as first reported and hardly abusive. Of course, through all of this, Guergis was seen as a pretty weak Minister.

    Now, Harper certainly could refer to the PEI meltdown as the reason for his actions against Guergis. If he had then Guergis would know what the accusations are against her and responded to them. It is the fundamental principle of natural justice (and good management) that a person understand what they are accused of doing and be given a chance to respond.

    Politics is the only profession in Canada in which Harper could get away with his disrespect for proper practice… in any other field he would be looking at a major lawsuit.

  32. The Harper-hate on these blogs is really beyond normal. I think the psychiatrists refer to this as "projection".

  33. The Harper-hate on these blogs is really beyond normal. I think the psychiatrists refer to this as "projection".

  34. Yeah, unfortunately we don't believe you. We know that IF she was still in the caucus, never mind cabinet, you would be howling your outrage all the same. This is the merest pretext for all you Harper-haters to vent your spleen.

  35. So given that 40% of voting Canadians actually do support the PM, are we all "pre-human" too? You should really seek help, buddy. Cut down on caffeine or something.

  36. Wasn't that hype complaint about her later retracted after her rebuttal brought forth no confirmation of the original report? Sorta like Ruby and her supposed "prisoner" nanny who had brought similar charges against her former employers, the media had a blip in ratings the raison d'etre for most "newsy" items anyway.

  37. Hey! That is unfair. It's the Harper Government.

  38. So I wonder if Guy Giorno will be tweeting Harper about these lies or is it only lieing when someone other than a Tory does it?

  39. So I wonder if Guy Giorno will be tweeting Harper about these lies or is it only lieing when someone other than a Tory does it?

  40. Baby photo -op, weak cheap political tactic, can you believe