The RCMP have cleared Helena Guergis and Rahim Jaffer insofar as they reportedly have been unable to find evidence to warrant criminal charges against them. This case is just one more example of the House of Commons jumping the gun and beginning its own committee investigations before police have looked into a matter—so long as some political gain is to be made.
The Guergis-Jaffer affair was a tawdry one and one that could have been handled more adroitly by the prime minister. That being said, I don’t see Ms. Guergis returning to cabinet any time soon, though I’d not object if she was invited to re-join the Conservative caucus. As far as I’m concerned the former cabinet minister forfeited her seat at the table after her meltdown in Prince Edward Island.
Several New Democrats, Liberals and Conservative MPs were part of a political witch hunt that didn’t serve the people of Canada in any way. Some opposition MPs came to Ms. Guergis’s defence when they thought they might make the PM look bad, not because of goodwill they might have towards her.
Hypocrisy and crass politics rule on Parliament Hill. It’s all a dirty business and not for the faint of heart.