Monday, May 26, 2008

Maxime Bernier: strike sixteen - and you're outta there!

Well, the day we've all been expecting has finally arrived. The terrible choice by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a Foreign Affairs Minister, Maxime Bernier, has resulted in utter embarrassing failure. Can we recall the resignation of a senior minister of government for essentially, incompetence, like this? Nope. Not in recent memory.

The word from CBC is that there was a security breach in that Bernier left documents in an "unsecure location." Hmmm, now let's think real hard about where that might have been in relation to Bernier...

CTV, courtesy of Bob Fife, is intoning that the RCMP might have to be brought in to investigate what documents were left where, who might have seen it, etc. CTV is also citing CP as suggesting that the unsecured breach might have involved Julie Couillard's apartment. Word also that the interview tonight of Couillard on TVA may have factored into this. Lots more to come on this, I'm sure.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry never deserved a minister who was unqualified and who was chosen principally because he was telegenic and from Quebec, to sell the Afghan mission in Quebec. Optics above all else do not a good government make.

This is Stephen Harper's problem, above all. Still not taking it seriously, Steve?

P.S. And here I actually thought I'd get up to eighteen in the Maxime strike watch...