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Minister resigns from cabinet saying past 9 months a 'very difficult time'
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked former cabinet minister Helena Guergis to sit outside the Conservative caucus while the RCMP investigates "serious" allegations over her conduct
In an email sent Friday before the prime minister held a news conference in Ottawa, Guergis announced she had resigned as minister of state for the status of women, ending her tumultuous tenure in Harper's cabinet. www.cbc.ca...
Originally posted by whiteraven
WAKE UP Canadians...Prime Minister Harper is in the middle of a Canadian Christian Conservative Revolution
VERNON -- A second Okanagan man has been arrested in connection with a massive coc aine seizure in Saskatchewan following a search of properties in the North Okanagan.
Back on March 26th, Swift Current RCMP found 151 kilograms of coc aine in the trunk of a car. The driver, 23-year-old Troy Swanson from Vernon, was originally pulled over for speeding.
Swanson has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. His April 7th court appearance in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, has been adjourned until April 14, 2010.
Following his arrest, police found links to three Vernon residences and simultaneously executed search warrants Wednesday.
Another 23-year-old man was arrested and other property seized, including three firearms. He appeared before a Justice of Peace on April 7th and has been remanded into custody and will be transport to Swift Current, Saskatchewan where he will remain in custody until his bail hearing.
Police say organized crime was involved. RCMP in three provinces, BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan were involved in the extensive drug bust.
Originally posted by masqua
The pundits are gonna have a good chuckle over the next few weeks, but, one thing for sure... this was about as inevitable as a raft just above the Niagara Gorge during the spring floods.
Both of them have taken their websites down now.
This is to inform you that I am resigning my post as Minister of State ( Status of Women) effective immediately.
It has become apparent through baseless allegations and unfounded assertions made about my family that I need to step aside to allow for the good work of our government to continue serving Canadians.
I take responsibility for any errors I may have made, but at no time did I compromise my oath as a Member of the Privy Council. I strove each and everyday to work towards improving the lives of Canadians and indeed Canadian Women.
Thank you for the trust and confidence you have shown in me. I will continue to do my best to serve the government as a Member of Parliament.
I, __________, do solemnly and sincerely swear (declare) that I shall be a true and faithful servant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, as a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council for Canada. I will in all things to be treated, debated and resolved in Privy Council, faithfully, honestly and truly declare my mind and my opinion. I shall keep secret all matters committed and revealed to me in this capacity, or that shall be secretly treated of in Council. Generally, in all things I shall do as a faithful and true servant ought to do for Her Majesty.
So help me God.
According to one source (a businessman who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to Gillani), Gillani remarked in October that he was "out with Helena Guergis and Rahim" at a dinner. This was about three weeks after Jaffer was charged with speeding, drunk driving and coc aine possession. Whether Guergis knew about Gillani's background is also unclear.
Nazim Gillani, who partied and discussed government grants with former MP Rahim Jaffer, has talked a lot about being a banker for the Hells Angels in Vancouver.
Gillani boasted of this to people in Toronto who crossed him, and Friday two people affiliated with the organized crime group said they were happy to see Gillani leave British Columbia.
Gillani ran afoul of the biker group for talking too much about what he was doing – he told people he was laundering money. He left B.C. in 2005, shortly after he received a severe beating, though not from a member of the Hells Angels.
A man who claimed he was owed $150,000 by Gillani spotted the dodgy financier coming out of Smiley O'Neils pub in Vancouver. The man, who spoke to the Star Friday – he does not want his name used because he was never investigated by police for the beating – confronted Gillani, threw him into a stone fountain, breaking his cheekbone and nose. Shortly after that, Gillani started carrying a gun, a .22 pistol. Police on a routine stop discovered the gun and charged Gillani with carrying a weapon. Gillani left town shortly after and set up shop in a rented $1 million house on Kipling Ave. in Etobicoke.
Originally posted by Duzey
The public does not elect folks who hang out with HA associates.
In August 2007 (Maxime Bernier) became Minister of Foreign Affairs, but was forced to resign from cabinet on May 26, 2008 after a scandal involving an ex-girlfriend, Julie Couillard, with ties to the Hell's Angels. Despite the scandal, however, Bernier was easily re-elected in the 2008 election. en.wikipedia.org...
Originally posted by Duzey
reply to post by JohnnyCanuck
Wishful thinking on my part, I suppose.
I hope Harper refuses to sign her nomination papers next time.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
If the Liberals find their collective butts...they could pull it off.
Originally posted by masqua
For want of anything new to add to the topic, all I can think of is that the entire country is holding their breath waiting for the next Guerges/Jaffa revelation.