Monday, March 15, 2010

Video: The slow motion train wreck that is Helena Guergis

The History Channel showed the movie Bonnie and Clyde on the weekend. I'm not sure if the showing was scheduled before the recent drama in the lives of Conservative power-couple Helena Guergis and Rahim Jaffer, but it did cause me to pause and watch for a bit. Two thoughts occured to me: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were far more engaging, and it appeared that Clyde let Bonnie do the driving. Maybe that was Rahim's mistake?

Anyway, as even the Conservative punditry lines-up against Guergis and Jaffer, she's inexplicably doing her best to keep the story alive. CTV's Bob Fife reports that Guergis is threatening to sue Air Canada and Charlottetown Airport employees for slander and breach of privacy, for daring to blow the whistle on her behaviour at their "hellhole" of an airport. Behaviour which she to date hasn't denied, and even issued a half-hearted apology for.

I'm no legal expert, but I fail to see much merit in her case. I also find it a somewhat amusing position for Guergis to take, given her flouting of DND regulations in the past. It would also be politically suicidal. This story is already going over like a lead-balloon for the Conservatives, reportedly dragging-down fundraising and leading to calls from within the party for her ouster.

Still, perhaps the two sides can sit down and work something out. Would Guergis be willing to settle for $500?

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Brian Busby said...

I, too, fail to see much merit in Ms Guergis case. That said, I'm all for it... perhaps then we'll finally get some answers as to why the minister was allowed to board the plane. After all, here we have an individual who refused requests of a security officer, attempted to force open a security door and pounded on an airport window while yelling. I for one would like to know where the RCMP was in all this. At the very least it speaks to a serious breach of airport security.

So, bring on the case!

RuralSandi said...

What am I missing here? She throws a hissy-fit temper tantrum at the level of a 3 year old in a very "public" place and then gets all uppity about privacy?

Is she for real?