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.
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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