Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Well that's convenient!...

Y'know, I often imagine that we Canadians don't have the political intrigue that we see in the US and in Britain but really, that's kinda a dumb mindset, especially given our very pro-US Prime Minister....

So, you'll remember that about a month ago, Ian Brodie, who is/was Stephen Harper's very out-of-the-limelight Chief of Staff, made an off the record comment about how the US Democratic candidates were batting the NAFTA thing about and how someone from down there called the PMO and said 'Don't fret, we're just politicing."

Well apparently there was lots more to that story because then there was this whole leaked documents thing and claims that the Canadian government was meddling in the US election process... big stink.

So Brodie put in his resignation last week, which sucks, because I know him and, as much as I wish he were not Harper's man, he's totally committed to the cause. He eats, breathes and bathes in politics.

Despite that, there is, or was, until today, still a big stink going on about that whole leakage thing, where it came from and who did it.

Enter Maxim Bernier of the girlfriend-who (way back in her youth) dated-a-Hell's-Angel. Monsieur Bernier has not had a reputation for being super good at his job but Harper has been a staunch supporter and has said on many occasions that Bernier's personal life and the past of his girlfriend are nobody's buisness. I agree, especially when her past is waaayy past. Everybody does dumb shit in their youth and we all know how attractive "Bad Boys" can be.

Anyway, it seems that the 'crisis' that caused Bernier to put in his resignation was something to do with him having left some documents at his girlfriends house - government docs. She found them, called the RCMP, she says and was told they were property of the Government of Canada. That doesn't make sense to me. Why would she call the RCMP instead of just calling Bernier to come get his stuff. I think this part of the story is pretty much BS. I think she's been heavily coached.

Sidebar: in Ottawa, about a block from Parliament, there's a great pub called Darcy McGee's. It's very, very frequented by members of Parliament. There is no doubt at all that all sorts of stuff - documents, coats, hats, shoes, condoms, pot; you name it - is left there on a regular basis. For sure there's been a critical doc left behind in that place a time or two. I'm pretty sure that MPs take work home all the time and that they leave stuff there too... Anyway, it isn't like Bernier was the first MP in history who left docs laying about.

But, in this case, leaving those docs with his paramour caused him to have to tender his resignation. But I think this is all far too convenient.

This Bernier thing seems to have blown up at a pretty interesting time. I'm sure, thanks to this non-news that's been spun as essentially a sex-scandal that has jeopardised the country's security (such a load!), Ian Brodie's departure is no longer news and NAFTA-gate seems off the table today too. Why now? Why is this now-ex girlfriend doing TV interviews? That's just weird!

I would love to know who introduced Bernier to the now-ex? THAT really interests me.

It just all smells like a sacrifice. Or a coverup and now we're back to that NAFTA leak thingie.

It is sooo nice to have a little conspiracy happening up here!

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