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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Helena Guergis: you can’t put the genie back into the bottle

Sometimes one has to accept that life’s not always fair and move on. And perhaps federal Status of Women Minister Helena Guergis is going to have to learn that lesson. Regardless of how the information about her melt-down at a PEI airport reached public notice, it was her ill-advised actions1 and her “hell hole” (perhaps worse1) comment that has made it headline news and has given the story such traction.

Ms. Guergis made a rather late apology for the incident and has not denied the unflattering reports of the events that took place. But, according to CTV’s Robert Fife, Ms. Guergis has been telling people that she has grounds to sue Air Canada after the report of her tantrum was leaked to the media. This isn’t likely to happen, of course, and has been denied, but such a suggestion reveals much about this person’s personality—perhaps too much. Now we have more troubling news emerging with hints the minister might have overstated her education. [UPDATE AT 3:45 P.M.: THIS SEEMS TO BE INCORRECT.]

Some Tory supporters claim we are piling on and judging the minister too harshly. Her apology should have ended the affair. Perhaps they are right. The minister has been under much pressure, what with her husband’s much publicized legal difficulties and the day-to-day pressures of being in cabinet.

One of the readers of an earlier entry on this blog said my “calls for her resignation are ludicrous.” Another wrote, “Certainly she should not resign. We don’t know what was actually said—all we have to go on is an ‘anonymous’ letter… .”

I believe we have quite enough to go on and calls for her resignation are justified. The fact she is a Tory minister should not cut her any slack. Tories used to hold politicians to a higher standard than the Liberals. I expect them to continue to do that.

The minister is no longer an asset to this government, in fact, she’s becoming a liability. And as I’ve asked before, under what standard of behaviour (or lack of same) could she be allowed to retain her cabinet job? I can’t think of one. I hope the minister does the right thing and resigns from cabinet.

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1The Globe and Mail attributes this quotation to the minister: “I’m going to be stuck in this shithole because of you.” And these actions:

  • A staffer went to the gates to tell her to just hang on because she was literally banging and kicking on the glass at the security doors.
  • When they reached security, she ran through the metal detectors setting off the bells.
  • She took her boots off and she threw them at a security official.

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  1. I don't know how much of this is true and who's exactly to blame but it's never good when the same person becomes the centre of the news cycle day after day.

    It may be a pile-on by the media and the opposition but something's got to give here soon.

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  2. So now will it be possible for un-named witnesses to bring forward complaints, without giving any chance for presentation of the other side?

    Guergis apologized for her behavior.

    But does she not have the right now, with the unrelenting smears against her, to expect that those bringing about the charges should also have to back up their words?

    Let's see how their testimony stands up to public scrutiny, since they expect us to believe everything now said, without one quible.

    She has had enough thrown at her!

    It has gone beyond bringing down one politician now.

    It is an ugly thing to be witness to....much more ugly than expressing outrage at some airport.

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  3. Your comment, Anon 5:57, must take first prize for thoughtless bias in favour of a senior political figure who, by apologizing, has admitted to very poor public behaviour.

    The only "ugly thing" here is the minister's behaviour.

    But thank you for your comment, anonymous though it was.

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  4. Just a note; if any of us mere mortals pulled that kind of stunt, with the shoe throwing and temper tantrum at any airport, we would have been tasered without question, probably even arrested.

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  5. Well, ck, you can be sure that, at the least, we'd never have been allowed to board the plane that day.

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  6. Russ Campbell said...

    Your comment, Anon 5:57, must take first prize for thoughtless bias in favour of a senior political figure who, by apologizing, has admitted to very poor public behaviour.

    The only "ugly thing" here is the minister's behaviour.



    Is it, though?

    Have you actually seen the security camera footage, Russ? No, you haven't...no one has. And it's curious that Helena HERSELF is the one calling for it to be released, don't you think?

    She apologized for some bad behavior. So what? What specifically did she apologize for?

    How bad was that behavior, exactly? You say that she "threw" a shoe? Okay..."threw" it where? What direction? Right at someone, or in their general vicinity? How hard was this "throw", anyway...was it fired full force at someone's head, or tossed at their feet?

    And while I'm at it, what about this anonymous complainant? How is it that he or she doesn't complain to a supervisor or airport management, but to a LIBERAL MP instead?

    I smell a rat here. Maybe we should wait for that camera footage before we all make fools of ourselves?...

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  7. Sure, Fred, let's wait for the camera footage. But was the minister even in PEI that day? Is she even a minister? Is there even a person named Helena Guergis?

    What a mysterious world you inhabit, what with all the dark conspiracies.

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  8. Russ Campbell said...

    Sure, Fred, let's wait for the camera footage. But was the minister even in PEI that day? Is she even a minister? Is there even a person named Helena Guergis?


    Very funny. As a deflection, though, it fails miserably. Still waiting for that security camera footage...


    What a mysterious world you inhabit, what with all the dark conspiracies.

    Again, funny...but futile.

    I've seen your accusations, but where is your actual proof?

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