'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.

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