‘Love, Bob’


(This post last updated at 7:31pm)

According to the CBC, Conservative MP Bob Dechert, the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, will soon acknowledge that he sent flirtatious emails to a reporter with the Chinese state news agency. Earlier the Ottawa Citizen reported on the existence of said emails.

E-mails circulated in Ottawa on Friday contain messages apparently between Chinese journalist Shi Rong of the Xinhua News Agency and Mississauga–Erindale MP Bob Dechert, who serves as parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. One message that appears to have been sent from Dechert’s Parliament Hill account reads: “You are so beautiful. I really like that picture of you by the water with your cheeks puffed. That look is so cute. I love it when you do that. Now, I miss you even more.”

More from the Globe.

6:16pm. A statement from Mr. Dechert’s office has now been issued.

“The person is a journalist whom I have come to know as a friend. I met her while doing Chinese-language media communications.

My understanding is that her emails were hacked as part of an ongoing domestic dispute.

These emails are flirtatious, but the friendship remained innocent and simply that – a friendship.I apologize for any harm caused to anyone by this situation.”

6:45pm. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr. Dechert has denied any inappropriate behaviour.

We have no information to suggest otherwise.

7:14pm. The Globe notes previous security concerns surrounding Xinhua.

China is known to be an extremely aggressive collector of intelligence and Canadian security agencies have, in the past, cited links to Xinhua as a reason to remove bureaucrats from positions where they might have access to top secret data.

For example, the government fired a senior Chinese-Canadian bureaucrat from the Privy Council Office in 2003, partly because she had once worked for Xinhua and had kept up contacts with her former colleagues there after joining the Canadian government.

7:31pm. A comment from NDP press secretary Karl Belanger.

We want this Conservative government to be more friendly on the world stage, but this isn’t what we had in mind.


‘Love, Bob’

  1. Bob has obviously been a baaaad boy.

  2. The Ottawa Citizen story just casually drops that “Last year, Canada’s top spy warned that some Canadian politicians were under the control of foreign governments.”. Really? Really. It’ll be a cold, lonely night before I start caring what flirty e-mails our MPs are sending people.

    • How about the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs sending flirty emails to a member of the Chinese state media agency?  Care about that?

      • It was a honey trap!

      • Is that you br?

        • Who’s br?

          • big—.  I guess it isn’t.

          • I used to post here as plain old “Matlock” back in the spring.

  3. Good one by Belanger!  LOL

  4. I can’t even begin to believe that this is a news story at all, let alone one that requires round the clock updates.

    • Con Strategy Phase One – deny importance of negative news. 

      • I was hoping they’d mess with the order a bit, you know to keep us on our toes.  But no, same old scandal response is still operational, I see.

    • And now that Amiable Bob has admitted the missives..tick, tick, tick. 

      Sunday’s a bad day for ol’ Bobby Dechert. And the rest of the tale, we shall see.

  5. Sounds like this guy didn’t have any luck with his advances and oh so sweet words.  He was probably a little desperate too. haha

    • I’m not sure why you’d think that.  Particularly if her emails were hacked as part of a “domestic dispute”.  Maybe he thought she was cheating, and maybe he found some pretty damning evidence.

      Because I do know what I’m talking about here when I say that an email like that, while “just flirting” makes it almost impossible to meet face-to-face the next time without it growing out of control. One way or another.

  6. A tad bizarre. In a situation like this, normally the MP would be the
    one issuing the strong denials, and the State Agency media person claiming the emails were legit… but it’s the other way around.

  7. That picture of her by the water must be public domain by now, what with government blackberries and all.  Anyone got a link?

  8. Let’s assume the worst. She’s a spy. He obviously had an affair with her.

    • wifey probably had no problem with it until the “miss you” bit

      Is this the best answer we have to Tiger Woods?  Where’s the Liberals when you really need them?

  9. Shi Rong.
    He wrong, too!

    “xie xie, xie xie”

    -Dot Shun

  10. So “inappropriate behaviour” would have to be what, full on missionary position for the cons to recognize it; I wonder if his wife’s definition of inappropriate is as liberal as the PMO’s?  Pathetic and embarrassing for all involved with possible national implications for security.  Will he lose his PS position?  Stay tuned, but my money says no.  Nobody likes a little nudge nudge wink wink on the side more than family-values-shoutin’ conservatives. 

    • Family values? Leaving confidential documents under the pillow of a former biker moll? Playing footsie and spooning with a ‘supposedly liberal’ media plant? Now exchanging tingly emails with chinese journalist?
      If that was a Liberal government, we know what Harper and his cohorts would be extolling…
      But keep it all in the family.

  11. Wow – Ezra’s calling out Harper to get rid of him on twitter.

  12. I wrote a short satirical post on this if anyone is interested.  http://www.torontosatire.com

    • Very funny piece.

  13. So the news this morning is that Dechert keeps his PS job.  Told ya so!

    • Yes, but Baird did say the affair was ridiculous, appropriate but ridiculous:

      “Ridiculous, ridiculous”, Mr. Baird repeated over and over again when asked by a journalist Sunday about the situation.

  14. Obviously a case of “Loosefile Dysfunction”  It can be cured by removing subject from job for a while. Testimony from Bernier Case

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