There has never been a PMO smear campaign against Helena Guergis. None. In fact, the only anti-Guergis campaign was courtesty of the CBC and other media and which Helena Guergis herself has only made worse. Leading me to believe that there is now no doubt that both the CBC and Guergis are deliberately trying to sabotage the federal election campaign and the Conservative party’s chances of a majority government.
For example, for the corporation to deliberately and breathlessly regurgitate the Helena Guergis firing on Thursday night’s “The National” was just over the top. Why? Because it was the Liberal Party caucus — remember Wayne Easter’s allegations in the House of Commons about her so-called temper tantrum at the PEI airport which turned out to be false — and the journalists in the parliamentary bureau, especially those working for CBC, who conducted the smear campaign Guergis rails about now.
Because, the reality was that all through the spring of 2010 the only thing Prime Minister Harper said was he couldn’t say much about her or the allegations because the entire matter was under an RCMP investigation, but that there had been pressures from the entire caucus to fire her. Interestingly, even Warren Kinsella saw this weeks CBC coverage as bogus investigative journalism.
Then, yesterday, we have Guergis herself holding a press conference — that the CBC covered of course — tearfully telling Canadians how nasty that Stephen Harper was for throwing her under the bus — because she was a woman — and that he alone is to blame.
Well, spare me. I used to be a supporter of Guergis but the woman’s inability to reflect on her own behaviour has changed all that because she is not the victim she is trying to portray.
First of all, the allegations that got her fired were the “straw that broke the camels back” — the culmination of many incidents that current Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and many in the Canadian media are conveniently trying to forget, particularly the CBC.
So, let’s recall some facts from this 2008 National Post article (H/T NewsWatchCanada.ca)about how Guergis would be better suited to the back benches, as well as this inconvenient CBC news article indicating that both Michael Ignatieff and NDP Leader Jack Layton demanded her resignation at one time.
- In January 2008, then Liberal Leader Stephane Dion demanded Guergis’ resignation because she allegedly put he and then Deputy Leader Michael Ignatieff (and, in fact, their entire delegation) at personal risk because she released their Afghan itinerary to the media.
- In March 2008 Guergis had the opposition Liberals and media laughing because she actually waxed lyrical about Dion needing to consider an election date that didn’t interfere with her wedding plans.
- Also in the spring of 2008, there were numerous incidents related to the Mexican government and the Brenda Martin issue that indicated Guergis was ill equipped to be a Cabinet Minister.
- Then, in the spring of 2010, after Wayne Easter’s allegations regarding the PEI airport incident where he claimed she had been seen having a tantrum (which turned out to be completely untrue), both Michael Ignatieff and NDP Leader Jack Layton demanded the PM fire her because two staff members wrote letters in various newspapers “to the editor” on her behalf.
How conveniently and quickly they forget. Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, the Internet does not. So, what we now see and read is that the same media who were all over her regarding her many gaffes of incompetence are now trying to claim she was fired without cause.
Meaning, it is long past time for Guergis to stop the tears, face her own dismal record and the reality that it was the media who were involved in a smear campaign — not the Prime Minister who supported her through all the previous gaffes — regardless of any unfairness there may or may not have been at the time of her actual firing.
The crux of the matter is, however, that the CBC needs to stop flogging this exaggerated victim story because it, when combined with all its other anti-Harper and anti-Conservative coverage, clearly looks like a deliberate attempt to sabotage the Conservative party receiving a majority mandate.
Well, in my opinion, that is not going to work because Canadians can see through the bias. However, it does bring up the issue of public funding and why Canadian taxpayers should continue to provide $1 billion dollars a year to the CBC when it is clearly in breach of its own code of ethics?