Guergis in trouble again

Staffer wrote letters to newspapers under pseudonym

The past couple of months have not been good for Helena Guergis. After an embarrassing outburst at a Prince Edward Island airport last month, during which she reportedly berated airline staffers, the Status of Women minister has landed in hot water again. It has been revealed that one of Guergis’ staffers, Jessica Craven, wrote a series of letters to publications in the Simcoe-Grey riding defending her boss, but failing to disclose her identity. Instead, Craven signed the letters, in which she complimented Guergis and claimed the airport outburst was not newsworthy, as “Jessica Morgan”—apparently using the surname of the man she is in a relationship with. According to Guergis, she was unaware of the letters, and has since had a conversation with Craven. “We did discuss that it was inappropriate. She apologized and assured me that it will not happen again,” she says. But Liberal P.E.I. MP Wayne Easter, who called for Guergis’ dismissal after the airport incident, isn’t buying it. “How could she not know? Any minister or department is always in the media monitoring, on anything that comes up with that departmental name or that minister’s name in it,” he said.

Ottawa Citizen

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