This is quite a remarkable editorial in the King Township Sentinel, coming from Helena Guergis's home riding and written by someone who's obviously a friend of the former minister of state. On top of the sad details of what Guergis has been enduring the past few months, it also contains the news that even Guergis doesn't know what the RCMP is investigating. I'm copying it in full here:
Helena Guergis: Much ado about nothing
The story of Helena Guergis and her husband Rahim Jaffer may be “much ado about nothing.”
It seems that media has given excessive attention to this matter, but most of what has been reported appears to be difficult to verify.
We have been trying not to report on the personal life of this MP from nearby Simcoe — Grey ,but it seems now is the time to reveal more to you since it has moved into the realm of dramatically affecting her job.
Yes Helena, did throw a tantrum at Charlottetown airport but this was following her second miscarriage in a few months and when one’s hormones are badly out of whack, life can be difficult. She immediately apologized for her behaviour.
As we all know, Helena and Rahim got married right after the last election about a year and a half ago. They expressed at the time that they wanted to start a family.
As for Jaffer having a meeting with Nazim Gillani, that does appear to have taken place but what Gillani boasted about in his e-mail seems to be in the character of this promoter exaggerating events.
We remember well when former MP Paul Bonwick lost Simcoe — Grey to Guergis, that he was not very popular in the Paul Martin camp. Most reasonable people can imagine that Stephen Harper would not have been very happy with Jaffer for losing an Alberta seat. For anyone to claim that Jaffer had a big influence in the PM’s office is beyond belief and certainly mystified Harper’s team.
As for the investigations into Guergis, a lot appears to be bogus. The ethics commissioner is not investigating her and as for the 100 per cent mortgage on her Angus home, that doesn’t appear to be an issue. Lots of people have 100 per cent mortgages.
As for the RCMP investigation, no-one seems to know what that is about (not even Guergis) except that it is a complaint from a third party.
We were trying to keep Helena’s personal life personal and with two miscarriages, finishing off her Master’s degree, dealing with a heart attack and two cancers among close family members all within a few months, we thought she was performing as well as could be expected and we really have seen nothing to change that opinion.
Guergis has offered to cooperate completely with any investigation. Let’s hope this cloud gets wrapped up quickly.