JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE CONTINUING POLITICAL SOAP OPERA OF CANADA’S MADCAP HELENA GUERGIS AND OUR ABUSIVE MINORITY PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

I am sure, as Ms Guergis charges, the ruthless Stephen Harper has treated her badly.

After all, that is what Harper does to people. Witness his behavior towards Belinda Stronach or our former nuclear regulator.

Brutal treatment of those with whom he disagrees is one of his defining characteristics. His entire approach towards his political opponents in the past has had the tone of brutal frat boy who enjoys practical jokes which hurt people.

And yet it is truly difficult to find any sympathy for Ms Guergis. Her past behaviors, as the example of the airport meltdown, have been truly appalling.

Her behaviors suggest either drug use or mental instability, yet here she is still pushing herself into the limelight, as though she were qualified for high office, which she most certainly is not.

Her husband is nothing less than a disgrace: he beat just charges of drunk driving and possessing significant amounts of hard drugs on a technicality. He belongs in prison.

And just hearing her voice on the radio is annoying as they play snippets of her statements.

The woman sounds like a Midwestern small-town homecoming queen speaking in her eeny-teeny voice. Her voice as well as her words are just plain insipid.

So while Harper may have treated her badly, she was always someone just setting themselves up for bad treatment – that is the nature of both mental illness and drug addiction.

Go away with some quiet grace, Ms Guergis, but I waste my breath.

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