Cornwall ON- It was good theatre. I am referring of course to the Helena Guergis interview on TV. The script played out exactly as one would have expected with a calm, at times teary eyed Guergis defending herself, her reputation and her husband. The only thing missing was “Stand by your Man” playing in the background.
There is no doubt in my mind that a lot of this story has been over exaggerated by both the media and opposition attacks. In the end the truth will be a watered down version of what the public has been exposed to so far. But, that is life in politics.
There were some points that are interesting if true. Was she told the actual reasons her career as a cabinet minister was terminated? If she hasn’t been told the precise detailed reasons then that would be unfair. Everyone deserves to face their accuser or at least see the facts. On that point we only have her viewpoint as there were only two people on that phone call.
Her comment that “I’m hurt by the PM” won’t get much sympathy in Conservative ranks that look at what Guergis and Jaffer have put the party through for several weeks now. It will play out one more time when the two of them testify together before a parliamentary committee. That in itself is an interesting move that has a lot of people perplexed.
Guergis also says that she is not ready to give up her political career. Good luck on resurrecting it, but stranger things have happened in politics before.
Guergis stated that “I feel as though they’ve thrown the rule books out the window, that they’re not respecting due process at all. I find it very undemocratic.”
Back on April 9th I predicted that kicking her out of caucus was the first step to making sure Guergis couldn’t run for them again and that it set up a scenario where another candidate could be nominated. That is exactly what has happened. Has it taken her this long to see the light? In politics you win or lose. Every seat counts and someone has decided she can’t win hers and she has to be replaced.
Of course there are whispers that it had to be done because of the threat of an imminent election. Interesting, but I don’t see a huge push to nominate candidates in other ridings across the country. Even if an election was called today, the party can put candidates in place pretty quickly.
We haven’t seen the last of this issue or of Helena Guergis. I smell a law suit down the road and a lot more negative publicity.
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