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Maxime Bernier has resigned as foreign affairs minister, after he acknowledged leaving sensitive government documents out in the open -- apparently at his former girlfriend's home.
Sources told CTV News the documents included classified information for last April's NATO summit in Romania. One sensitive document contained details about NATO's military strategy in Afghanistan.
Earlier Monday, Liberal MP Michael Ignatieff had said the government should examine the role of Couillard in a company that bid on airport security.
The new question came in light of a report in Montreal's Le Devoir newspaper on Monday that Julie Couillard, who had been involved until recently with Bernier, had been involved in a high-tech firm that had bid on airport security contracts. Her partner in that venture had biker connections.
Originally posted by TheComte
I sense the Opposition is afraid to vote non-confidence as it might result in a Harper majority.
Liberal MP Denis Coderre says it stretches credibility that neither the RCMP nor the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ever warned Harper about the potential security implications of having Canada's top diplomat dating a person with Couillard's past associations.
Federal Public Works Minister Michael Fortier has had to dismiss a senior member of staff because the man had a romantic relationship with Julie Couillard last year when a company she represented was bidding on a big government contract, according to a report.
Côté failed to inform him that he was dating Couillard, the Star quoted Fortier as saying, at the same time as Montreal property developer Groupe Kevlar Inc. was bidding for a multimillion-dollar contract with the Public Works Department.
Testifying before the committee on Tuesday, the RCMP assistant commissioner for federal and international operations, Raf Souccar, refused to comment on when Couillard came to be known to the police force, or what the Mounties knew about her.
But when asked by Liberal public safety critic Ujjal Dosanjh whether Couillard was known to the RCMP before the matter broke in the news, Souccar replied, "Yes, she was."