In a recent posting on Maxime Bernier and his girlfriend, Suzanne commented that the whole thing was “a tempest in a teapot.” Some tempest. Some teapot.
It is now clear that Bernier has been in over his head from the time Harper appointed him. And in appointing him (to please Quebec) Harper’s political instincts trumped his common sense.
Bernier, starting with his gaffe about the governor of Kabul, has inflicted more harm on the prestigious office of foreign affairs than any other minister in my life time. Then Bernier started an ill-starred affair with Julie Couillard, the erstwhile moll of several crooks, one of whom was gunned down in a settling of accounts.
Yet all the while Harper and his government defended Bernier day after day in question period. The prime minister even accused the Liberals of being a bunch of “gossipy women” when they were asking legitimate questions about whether national security was involved in the Bernier case.
Then came the straw that broke Harper’s back. Turns out that Bernier left classified documents, dealing with sensitive issues like NATO and Russia, in his girl friend’s condominium. All hell broke loose and within a couple of hours Harper demanded Bernier’s resignation (something he should have done weeks ago?)
Why in the world did Harper continue to shield his minister after the PM realized he was an empty suit, all-hat-no-cattle? Does Harper put his political fortunes in Quebec ahead of the national security of the country?
Maxime Bernier displayed bad judgement during his tenure in Foreign Affairs but Harper showed equally bad judgement appointing him in the first place. Happily Bernier is now gone. Hopefully Harper will follow him out in the next election.
What do you think?