Liveblogging Julie Couillard’s interview with TVA


I’m not sure what to expect from this. Judging by the advance press, we’re in for some touchy-feely, Barbara Walters-esque material. We’re told Julie Couillard felt “abandoned” by the House of Commons’ resident heartbreaker, Maxime Bernier, after the scandal broke. That she’s seen her (otherwise good?) name dragged through the mud and, crucially, that she wore a beige pantsuit.

Here we go…

9:01 PM
Couillard insists she did nothing to “embarrass her country.” I’m not sure she was ever accused of doing that. Bernier, I believe, is the embarrassing one.

9:04 PM
Euphemism of the day: Couillard’s former biker boyfriends “weren’t choirboys.” (Courtesy of Paul Larocque)

9:06 PM
The most famous dress since a certain blue Gap dress, the one Couillard wore to the Cabinet shuffle… turns out Bernier picked it out. TVA-gettin’ the scoops!

9:09 PM
Bernier apparently told Couillard their relationship was a one-year deal at minimum. Who says politicians aren’t romantic?

9:11 PM
Couillard just took out a picture of her, Bernier and George Bush, who apparently complimented Bernier for “keeping good company.” Talk about a compliment that’s hard to return: “my, my, isn’t Cheney looking particularly undead tonight?” isn’t exactly the best ice-breaker in the world.

9:15 PM
Wow, so Bernier left some confidential documents at her place once. Make that “a confidential document.”

9:17 PM
Despite Larocque’s prodding, she won’t say what the document was about: “that’s all I have to say about it.”

9:19 PM
Couillard claims her home alarm system was de-activated when she left her house for the first time after the scandal broke.

9:20 PM
Whoa. “Specialists” who came to inspect her house afterward say it was bugged. More specifically, her boxspring had a mike in it. Gross.

9:22 PM
Couillard says she was definitely under surveillance. You’d think that if Bernier or Couillard was under surveillance, they would have known about all this biker business, no? Or, at the very least, someone would have stopped Bernier from buying those Jos Louis before heading to Afghanistan.

9:26 PM
“Knowing what he knew about me, he should have warned me.” So, Bernier knew about the biker links? C’mon, Larocque-seems like an obvious follow-up.

9:29 PM
“It was fun meeting Mr. Bush, but it wasn’t worth the trouble.” That’s gotta hurt, Maxime.

That’s it? Bernier resigned over that? I guess that security breach was going to be a little hard for Harper and the gang to overlook. But perhaps the whole lot of them should have to resign, too: I mean, who gives Max Bernier confidential documents anyway?

UPDATE: Here’s a screenshot of the search terms used to get to the blogs. You’re in fine company, Mr. Wells. (And to whomever searched for “Julie Couillard photo” or “pic”: step away from the keyboard and go get some fresh air. I mean, really.)


Liveblogging Julie Couillard’s interview with TVA

  1. She met George Bush, and had lunch @ 24 Sussex with Mrs. Harper. And George W. really liked her.

    Tsk, tsk.

  2. And she says her apt was bugged. WTF?

  3. I’m thinking multiple Jos Louis giveaways might explain how he stuck around as long as he did.

  4. Yeah, that apartment bugging bit is definitely a little creepy. No amount of Jos Louis could make up for discovering a microphone was in your bed. (For the record, she said her “specialists” showed her where a microphone had once been; she didn’t actually find one.)

  5. Who’s the idiot that would think that folks wouldn’t want to take a look at her.

    “Go get some fresh air”. What a putz

  6. To be fair, one of those was me. I was telling my friend about it and she asked me what Ms. Couillard looked like.

  7. Who would have thought that we could impress the president of the USA and supply fodder for the media over a ex-biker babe and a cabinet minister of domestic oops make that foreign affairs. I love stories like this as you get to make a lot of noise but then once it’s realized there is little or no substance they fall off the radar as they should. I have a question though? It is patently obvious this lady is kind of bitter but hey folks if I popped in to my girlfriends place for a little afternoon delight (hopefully not on a bugged mattress)and then left leaving a paper, I would expect a phone call and a hey babe you forgot soemthing – oops! But she takes the document to her Lawyer??? Uh OH! time to resign. Oh by the way I was just at a CTV website poll and they post 71% people vote for glad he resigned now move on to a real story.

  8. Wayne she also said that she tried to call Bernier after the story broke but he wouldn’t take her calls. With the Opposition inferring all sorts of security breaches because of her “past,” and Bernier ducking questions including her, it’s quite reasonable that she called a lawyer instead of getting left holding the binder.

  9. Toby : she said : after the story broke? Why did she not phone him right after she found the paper and say hey babe you forgot something here – oops but why the delay unless she has a little more … wait a sec .. I am buying into this story and between you and me I have better stuff to rent out space to than this story, though I must admit I love question period right now as it is a prefect waste of time what with 79% percent of voters on a web poll saqying he resigned now move onto next story. I think this is one those stories political junkies like me love to hate.

  10. Wayne’s numbers seem to be slippery. I also found a website poll online that said that 85% of website polls aren’t scientifically accurate.

  11. When is she going to do her Playboy spread?

  12. Good grief. Who is this woman? Who cares? She’s the ex of a man who really didn’t matter. She has gotten vengeance against him for leaving her, as well as, to further her career as an “aspiring actress and model”.

    Congratulations, she’s played you and the media for fools. You fell into her trap. She’s used you.

    I doubt that she’ll do a spread in Playboy. She’s too plain and known to virtually noone outside of Canada.

  13. Our foreign affairs minister, directly appointed by Mr. Harper no doubt as the best person in the Conservative cabinet for the job, “didn’t matter”?

    Could you explain to me why Harper’s appointments don’t matter? Oh wait.. I think I already know.

  14. Why doesn’t he matter? How long will it take to replace him? What has he done of note while in office? How long was he in office? He’s as meaningless as she is.

  15. What I wonder is why this interview was done in English, hein?

  16. @Todd: The interview was done in French. I was doing my own little bit of simultaneous translation.

  17. I can understand why Julie is pissed, broken hearted, etc about being dumped by mad Max, but does she have to go on national Tv and destroy his career? A women scorned is a force to be wary of!

  18. I think the whole thing is hilarious. Bernier — what a dolt!

    Used an ex-biker chick as an escort and picked out an inappropriate dress for his swearing in at staid Rideau Hall? Cmon now that’s funny.

    (now the connections between Quebec politicians and the mob are more than this one-off incident — c’mon reporters where are you on that angle?)

    The real question is: what was in the document that was left? Could it be NAFTA-gate? Now that’s what we really want to know….since the Tories are out to get Obama in the US…..

    It’s a scandal to be sure, and yes he resigned, but incompetency deserves greater punishment than just a raking over in the media…..

  19. Has anyone noticed that ol Maxime will not comment on his personal relaltionship with Julie but boy this lady sure seems to have no compunction about dishing dirt out on him … in a weird way I think he is being what is known as a gentleman maybe some women out there could post something and let me know if I am off-base after all if I were him I wouldn’t hesitate at this point to start fragging her! Then again I am no gentleman as I believe what goes around comes around.

  20. T&A not TVA.

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