Scenes from a scrum – Do you know where your confidential documents are?


I know, I know – Colleague Wells has already liveblogged it, but just to give you a sense of our cuddly, forgiving Prime Minister:

Question – Prime Minister, you’ve admitted to saying that the documents were in a non secure location. But surely there are other issues at play here with Mme Couillard going on TVA this evening and the allegations that she was involved with organized crime and bidding on government contracts for airport security. I mean, was that what was really the final stroke?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper:No. This is about one thing, and that is a failure to uphold expected standards on government documents. It is a very serious mistake regardless of who the Minister is, regardless of personal life, to leave classified documents in an unsecured location. And this is a serious error. The Minister has recognized this error himself and offered to resign.

Let me just be very clear about this. This is not to do with the Minister’s private life or the life of a private citizen. 99% of which I think is completely off bounds. I don’t think it matters who a Minister is dating. I don’t think it matters anything about the private life of some private citizen. What matters here is that rules respecting government classified documents were broken.

It obviously was not done on purpose. It was a mistake. But it doesn’t matter. It was clearly done and that has to be treated appropriately. There are precedents and this obviously is a warning to all Ministers.


Scenes from a scrum – Do you know where your confidential documents are?

  1. As Paul Wells says, can’t leave your briefs unattended. This has not been a good few days for Stephen “Family Values + Honest” Harper. First, Vic Toews’ thing. Then, Brodie kaputie. And now, Bernier and the missing briefs.

    Good thing Dion is going to let him recover through the summer. Nice of him, must say.

  2. … hmmm. But when IT was in the PM’s interest, it was about who’s father-in-law was under suspicion once.
    More Harper double-double standards. Roll up the rim and flip.

  3. Okay, folks, please start making donations to the Liberal party again. I realize they don’t deserve them, but until their finances are in order, they’ll never call an election.

  4. Actually, if you want to hurt the Tories, how about you donate to the one party that’s actually standing up the them – the NDP.

    Although I guess the poor Liberal need the cash more, because, for some strange reason, their supporters don’t want to open their wallets.

    I’m no paid political pundit, but methinks that might mean that one party is better positioned to defeat Tories once Dion finally musters up the courage to face the voters.

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