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‘Serious allegations’


Helena Guergis is no longer a cabinet minister. Indeed, she would appear to not currently be a member in good-standing of the Conservative caucus. The Prime Minister’s announcement is as follows.

“Last night, my office became aware of serious allegations regarding the conduct of the Honourable Helena Guergis. These allegations relate to the conduct of Ms. Guergis and do not involve any other minister, MP, senator or federal government employee,” Harper said. “I’ve referred the allegations to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and to the RCMP. Under the circumstances, I will not comment on them further.”

A copy of Ms. Guergis’ farewell e-mail is here. Video of the Prime Minister’s press conference is here. Video of Michael Ignatieff’s response is here.

Vanity Fair takes note of the juiciest Canadian political scandal they’ve ever heard of. Our John Geddes considers the official reaction. Don Martin surveys the wreckage and glee. John Ivison identifies the lesson to be learned here. And reviews of today’s turn from the Canadian Press, Globe, Star and Canwest.


‘Serious allegations’

  1. Wonder what the other allegation was. Yikes. Talk about a free fall.

    • I'm guessing it's something to do with Jaffer's use of her email.

  2. Something about the mortgage, maybe?

    • Buying clothes with public funds?

    • "Ninety-nine percent of everything that is done in this world, good and bad, is done to pay a mortgage"

      – Nick Naylor, from "Thank you for Smoking"

      • A must read book actually but the movie almost lived up to the book so it is a good start.

  3. Influence-peddling.

    • Yup.

      "The Criminal Code prohibits influence peddling not only by government officials but also by anyone who has or pretends to have influence with the government or with a Minister. The application of this provision is limited to those who have, or pretend to have, a significant enough connection to government so that they can affect a government decision, such as the awarding of a contract. The key factor is that the individual offering his or her influence does so in exchange for a benefit, either for himself or for some other person, as consideration for the exercise of influence. Anyone convicted of influence peddling is liable to imprisonment for up to five years."

  4. Interesting times we live in.

  5. I love your user name more than you know. Yeah, I think that could be the kicker, using a Parliamentary email addy for financial gain is pretty bad if those allegations are true.

    • My guess is that the PMO actually went through her email after yesterday's story broke, and the PMO guys found something that needed to be reported to the RCMP.

      • That's actually the best theory I've heard yet.

      • Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. Harper said "allegations", but who would allege something about her directly to Harper without either making it public and/or reporting it to the ethics commissioner themselves?

        My guess: the PMO found something incriminating in her email, but it didn't directly involve Harper (or any other minister, MP, senator…). PMO would face a decision to either hide it or distance themselves from it. It wouldn't stay hidden for long and hiding it would directly incriminate the PMO. The choice is obvious. Distance yourself as much as possible and call in the ethics commissioner and RCMP to make Harper look like a noble whistleblower. It must be something worthy of police investigation though, otherwise it would make Harper look ridiculous.

  6. Maybe there's nothing more at all and Harper is just being his vindictive little self.

  7. She'll be missed–by the liberals.

    • Oh I expect she will be the gift that keeps on giving. When the Ethics and criminal investigatons are revealed.

  8. Plenty more where she came from.

  9. I think this will come to nothing – the MSM put her in their sights and, without any evidence, used their pulpit to keep suggesting something was amiss. Fife and Taber should be taken out to the woodshed and whipped for their unprofessional behaviour.

    • But Maureen, Fife is the Conservative's pet reporter. If he's piling on Guergis it means he has the green light from "senior Conservatives." Maybe you missed an email?

      • Taber's hardly some flaming lefty either. Then again, I'm not sure anyone on either side of the spectrum takes anything Taber says seriously.

    • Yes. Clearly they were just making stuff up. The fact that the Prime Minister just fired her, kicked her not just out of cabinet but out of caucus, launched an RCMP investigation and an ethics investigation into her conduct just proves how very out to lunch the "MSM" were with Guergis.

      • Obviously it's part of the left-wing conspiracy between the MSM and Harp…err.. uh.. wait.. something isn't working here..

    • Thanks Maureen for providing the persecution complex perspective on the on whole thing. My day wouldn't have been compete without it. A little lurid and blood-lusty, but welcome nonetheless.

      It's four o'clock EST on a Friday. Call it day and go have a couple of smart ones. You've earned it.

    • Is that you Helena?

      • No, it's Rahim using Helena's Macleans account.

        • LOL.

          Easy, but good.

  10. After 9 months of media coverage, and hearing my own mispronunciation of Helena's family name, myself using hard "G's" corrected to all soft "g's", just now I hear Stephen on the radio say he just heard last night about serious allegations and he pronounces her name with a hard "G", like "Gorgeous".

    Way to funny. I don't even think he knew who she was.

  11. Wherry, how was the dentist appointment? Have you been flossing regularly? ;-)

    • I'll bet he could get teeth drilled without freezing. Couldn't possibly hurt as much as enduring QP.

      • Heh. He could probably even try sedation dentistry. He wouldn't need anaesthetic – he'd just have to remember a particularly boring day in the House.

        • You've never really been to the dentist until you've done so while watching, without sound, the Prime Minister dispatch a cabinet minister on a television mounted to the ceiling. Good story, I suppose, for when my grandchildren ask where I was on this historic day.

          • The first time I went to my current dentist was the first time I'd been to one with a TV mounted to the ceiling. It was showing John Baird yelling (without sound) in the House of Commons. Ever since then, I just keep my eyes closed.