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Tonight in Guergis


 

CTV gets the private investigator’s side of the story.

Helena Guergis, the former minister of state for the status of women, was expelled from caucus and is being investigated by RCMP over allegations of partying with cocaine and prostitutes, CTV News has learned. Private investigator Derek Snowdy says Guergis lost her Tory post after he informed a Conservative Party lawyer of those allegations, CTV’s Robert Fife reported Wednesday night.

Snowdy had been conducting a 19-month probe into the affairs of Nazim Gillani and his business partner, former CFL player Mike Mihelic, when he learned of purported illicit behaviour by Guergis and her husband, former Tory MP Rahim Jaffer … Gilliani boasted that he had cellphone photos of Guergis and Jaffer “partying” with cocaine and high-priced hookers, Snowdy said … It has not been confirmed that Gillani said those comments or that he had the cellphone photos, but it was those allegations that caused Harper to act.

The government operations committee has called Mr. Jaffer and Ms. Guergis to testify during hearings into federal funding for renewable energy. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty cites “missteps” in Mr. Jaffer’s case. Ontario Provincial Police chief Julian Fantino commends the work of his officers on that case.


 

Tonight in Guergis

  1. This is like watching a car accident in slow motion.

    must…look…away…

    • lol… no kidding. It's a good thing that I didn't think too highly of politicians to begin with.

  2. Speaking of Green Funds:

    Whatever happened to the investigation into Conservative MPs Lee Richardson's company? Last month it was revealed that his company got a $185,000 grant from a Government of Canada green fund…
    http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/03/25/

    And Gail Shea, Fisheries Minister, her son-in-law got a $20-million government grant for "Green" windpower company:http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1177007.html

    Something smells fishy…

    • And Gail Shea, Fisheries Minister, her son-in-law got a $20-million government grant for "Green" windpower company

      Let's be fair here. The article states:

      The Chronicle Herald reported Monday that Shea did not file a public recusal statement declaring her conflict of interest in dealing with a federal grant worth $10 million to $20 million for a wind farm to be built by the Wind Energy Institute of Canada — headed by her son-in-law, Scott Harper.

      This would be more properly referred to as a research facility:

      North Cape, Prince Edward Island

      The Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) is the country's leading research and testing facility for wind energy technology and systems. Operating as the Atlantic Wind Test Site since 1980, WEICan was established in 2006 with state of the art facilities that broaden its research and development capacities.

      The institute supports the development of wind power generation in Canada and wind energy related products and services for Canadian and export markets.

      WEICan collaborates with CanmetENERGY, other government and research institutes, academia, the private sector, and utilities, as it focuses on these key areas of work:

      * testing and certification
      * research and innovation
      * training and public information
      * technical consultation and assistance

      WEICan External Hyperlink is funded by Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation.
      http://canmetenergy-canmetenergie.nrcan-rncan.gc….

    • I think the Guergis, Richardson and Shea investigations are in line behind the Raitt investigation.

      Do you think it's easy to conduct investigations?

      • What's the Raitt investigation?

  3. Lifted from "This Early Evening" post, with some editing given pre-existing info in Aaron's new post:

    Gilliani boasted that he had cellphone photos of Guergis and Jaffer "partying" with cocaine and high-priced hookers, Snowdy said.

    Uh-oh. All the PI has on Guergis is Gilliani's boasts? Let us look at the line just above the one I quoted from CTV, shall we?

    Both Gillani and Mihelic are facing fraud charges on an unrelated matter.

    I hope the RCMP gets through this as quickly as possible. How the PM can call this source of info "credible" is beyond me. Maybe Guergis was in on the action, maybe not. But credible info? Hoo boy…

    • Pretty serious allegations. Pretty quiet resignation and self imposed silence – no going nuclear. Out of character.

    • Forgot to ask MYL. Do you feel you've been getting good value for your tax dollars:

      According to proactive disclosure reports, Guergis charged taxpayers for $273,158 for the period from May 2006 to mid-February 2010. In 2008, as Canada was heading into a recession, Guergis spent $113,429 with trips to destinations that included Beijing, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, New Delhi, Miami, Jamaica, Barbados and Mexico City.
      http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/04/12/

      The significance of the highlightd country will become evident, once Aaron updates his blog for tofay's latest developments.

      • Are you suggesting that Harper deal with criminal allegations in the house of commons, as opposed to a court of law?

        I'm not his greatest fan, but I think he made the right call here.

    • Whether Guergis's accuser is credible is almost irrelevant. Even if Guergis turns out not to have partied with hookers and blow, she has caused the Conservative Party – and Himself – to lose face. That alone is banishment-worthy.

  4. I've had the CPC all wrong. Hookers and blow? All I have to do is keep quiet and parrot from time to time? Sign me up.

  5. I don't understand why we don't have mandatory minimum ten year jail terms for influence peddling and abuse of public trust in a political office. It's a grave, dangerous and serious crime.

    • Agreed. But there would be a whole lotta Liberals in jail right now, and the NDP'd be the official opposition.

  6. I read somewhere that Gail Shea handed this file over to Peter McKay so that there would be no conflict of interest.

    • I believe the complaint was that she had failed to file a public recusal of the conflict, which is required by the act.

  7. If this story hasn`t disappeared from the radar of most Canadians yet. it soon will. The public suspects this story is being driven by a hungry media looking for a story–any story, and a bloodthirsty opposition hoping to splash some mud on the gov`t before Guergis disappears. Meanwhile the CPC are going through the motions because they are getting rid of an unpopular and mediocre minister from a junior ministry.

    So the end result is a story full of innuendo and gossip that will leave people wondering after it`s over: Are their no limits when it comes to having someone relieved of their duties ? And I wanted Harper to send her home sometime ago and he probably wanted to do it quietly but the pound of flesh was required by the media and opp.
    Anyway I will file this story along with the R and D story and the detainee one as having run it`s course. There must be more relevant issues out there.

    • I'm sure we'll find them if Harper ever lets us see the documents.

    • You'll have to wait until a Conservative MP jaywalks, and that becomes the scandal-du-jour. The media won't move on without something to move on to.

  8. The weight of government is growing heavier for Mr Harper.
    Ultimately, he is responsible for what happens on his watch, and the list is growing longer.

    But this does explain John Baird's new found civility in QP. To me, that says this runs deeper still……

  9. Frankly, Fife's report tonight was pretty fishy. Someone's "boasts" about it? Generally when you have to explicitly say in your report you don't have any actual photos/texts confirming the boasts it's probably a sign it shouldn't have gone to air. Regardless, if it is accurate it continues to be a story that moves away from government and towards the personal life of Jaffer and Guergis. It's becoming an uncomfortable story to watch. Hopefully both Jaffer and Guergis are okay. Obviously a silly statement given the last few weeks, but healthwise, I hope they're both okay.

  10. The bigger the headlines, the more cumulative the impression on Canadian voters.
    The Geurgis story is eye candy, but there are others. What about the
    Information Commissioner despairing that the right to information from government is on the brink of being “totally obliterated” through government delay and obstruction.
    While you may not think that Canadians will care about the individual issues, they will eventually shape an impression that the Conservatives are not the upstanding, transparent truth machine they like to portray themselves as.

  11. If this story hasn`t disappeared from the radar of most Canadians yet. it soon will.

    Yes, it is so boring. Who wants to hear about an attractive political couple and their misadventures with con-men, coke, and hookers?

    The public suspects this story is being driven by a hungry media looking for a story–any story, and a bloodthirsty opposition hoping to splash some mud on the gov`t before Guergis disappears.

    I think you are confusing "the public" with "die-hard Conservative supporters."

  12. "We are convinced that the allegations are serious and believable as well," Harper said earlier Wednesday.

    interesting. Harper finds it believable that Guergis was involved with cocaine and prostitutes.

    • It doesn't have to be true, it only needs to be plausible.

    • It doesn't have to be true, it only needs to be plausible.

      • And convenient.

        I hate to be the one bringing the detainee issue into all this discussion, but it seems that there, when the allegations become more serious, the fingers just go even farther into their ears. With Guergis, Harper calls the RCMP and boots her from caucus.

    • What an utter disgrace. When even Warren Kinsella is disgusted by a particular attack against the Tories, you know you've crossed the line.

      • Its' pretty appalling how far people are willing to go to try and "break" something new each day on this.

    • "Meanwhile, the Toronto Star hits rock bottom:"

      It was Guergis's sister who brought that information to the press. So obviously, she and/or Guergis wanted it out there.

      • I find the headline "Guergis miscarriage and family woes cause of tantrum?" even if she had penned the entire peice herself.

      • I find the headline "Guergis miscarriage and family woes cause of tantrum?" even if she had penned the entire peice herself.

    • Normally I would agree wholeheartedly. We need good people in public service and unnecessary disclosure of personal information is a disincentive to anyone considering life in politics.

      But in this case, the source is Guergis' sister, who "indicated that the Guergis family, a very public family in Simcoe County where Guergis remains an MP, is united in their support of the embattled couple.

      It looks to me like an attempt to paint a sympathetic picture of a woman under loads of stress. It even quotes a sympathetic editorial from the local paper. The Star didn't break this story, they're covering a story broken by the local paper.

      • I agree. Personal information of this nature is not divulged without said person's consent. It's the desperation of using this type of info to court public sympathy that I find appalling.

        • Even if it were true, I find it pretty offensive at a general level.

  13. You know, Jason Kenney has been awfully quiet recently. He was a close Jaffer friend. Interesting, especially given the stock-fraud and Belize accounts mentioned in the Star story today.

    • You aren't Bob Fife by any chance are you? I expect this kind of stuff to come from him. I expect better from anonymous commenters at a blog.

  14. I think Jaffer should be investigated on the lobbying issue, and that's legit, but calling Geurgis into committee on the green energy thing is beyond the limit. The Grits should rethink that one.

    • They should re-think their entire approach. Look, parts of this ARE a story. If Jaffer was lobbying the government, that sounds like a violation of the Accountability Act. The fact Ms. Guergis was apparently letting Jaffer use a parliamentary email address was definitely a story as well, but that was neutralized as well. The further this goes on, the more it's about Ms. Guergis and less about the government, and we seem to be getting into pretty seedy territory frankly.

    • "but calling Geurgis into committee on the green energy thing is beyond the limit."

      Putting the squeeze on the Conservatives and their associates is about the only way to get information out oft this opaque and unaccountable government.

      This isn't a garden party, in case you hadn't noticed.

  15. I don't think we should be setting limits on the investigation until we know *what actually took place*.

  16. Looks like the Prime Minister was not speaking the truth about ordering an Ethics investigation. Sure hope he isn't being compromised. There is no way for me to know if he is or not. I am sad that my Parliamentarians are seen as prey by the sordid. Perhaps crime is getting too big. These were good reasons to end prohibition those many years ago. Now would be the right time to take a bit out of crime. Stand up for me, Harper. Fight crime. What more evidence do you need? Give me a clean Parliament by ending prohibition. Jaffer and Geurgis are human with human weakness and desire. Why should what they do behind close doors be open to blackmail thus compromising national security? http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/rahim-j

  17. The Liberals are being downright sexist already. This story would have blown over weeks ago if the Minister in question was a male. Furthermore, the Liberals seem to be taking the word of a couple of alleged fraudsters over that of a sitting MP.

    I mean, these allegations stem from the PM firing her, for hearing a rumor from a PI, who had a conversation with an unsavory individual, who DIDN'T ACTUALLY SAY "I have pictures", but just waved his phone to "indicate" that he had pictures. There is absolutely nothing here.

    I hope she manages to clear her name and sit in the Tory caucus again, and remind every woman in this country how damned sexist the Liberal Party of Toronto is, every single day.

    • Okay, you're bananas if you honestly believe any story involving "hookers and blow" would go away faster if it was a man, but I don't think you honestly believe that.

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