I was away from my computer desk for 2 weeks basically

  
After more than a century of torment that saw the federal government strive to silence their languages and snuff their culture, aboriginal people packed Parliament to hear the prime minister say it for all Canadians: “We are sorry.”
  
I was away from my computer desk  for 2 weeks basically and when I came back I could not help but notice the many negative news  posts about our own Prime Minister Stephen Harper still, and about his bad choice of cabinet Ministers from Quebec even.. so yes I admit it was all depressing.. but why should I be surprised I have yet to be impressed by any federal cabinet minister of his yet too, but I am curious is our PM Stephen Harper and his Conservatives now next   still going to try to blame mostly  the news media for all this negative publicity which is clearly damaging the Conservative ? or are they going to take some personal responsibility, accountability honestly? and we were lied to and promised by the Conservatives a new and much better federal government too.. so where is it? Gone into the wind..
 
“THE BERNIER AFFAIR: ROLE OF REAL ESTATE FIRM QUESTIONED  Couillard accused of influence peddling as details emerge about first date June 12, 2008 OTTAWA — The Couillard affair mushroomed into a case of alleged influence peddling yesterday, following revelations that two Conservative officials discussed a major federal project last year with a woman with past ties to biker gangs. Federal officials confirmed that Julie Couillard raised the Kevlar Group’s bid on a project worth an estimated $30-million in Quebec City with former foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier and ex-public works adviser Bernard Côté. The role of Kevlar in the saga appears pivotal, with sources saying last night that it was Philippe Morin, a co-chair of Kevlar, who introduced Mr. Bernier and Ms. Couillard to one another in April of 2007. The then-industry minister and Ms. Couillard ended the evening with drinks at Mr. Bernier’s hotel, Ms. Couillard said.  Mr. Morin could not be reached for comment last night. The revelation raises questions about Kevlar’s handling of its bid and Mr. Bernier’s role in the major project in the provincial capital north of his riding of Beauce. The Conservatives came to office in 2006 with a promise to clean up lobbying activities in Ottawa. Ms. Couillard, who lived with two men with ties to the Hells Angels in the 1990s, is not registered as a lobbyist, which she would have to be if she were paid to promote the interests of a company. Ms. Couillard is affiliated with Kevlar as a real-estate agent, but her role in the Quebec City project was unclear yesterday, as Kevlar officials and Ms. Couillard’s lawyer refused to elaborate on the nature of her relationship with the firm. There is also no entry in the federal lobbyist registry for Kevlar. A spokesperson for Kevlar Group Inc. president René Bellerive reiterated that Ms. Couillard had never been a company employee, but Mr. Bellerive told La Presse this week that Ms. Couillard was, in fact, associated with the company. She obtained her licence to be a real-estate agent and Mr. Bellerive agreed to “hitch” her licence to his real-estate broker’s permit at the same time as the company was pushing its bid for the federal development contract in Quebec City.   The opposition said the ongoing scandal, which has led to the resignations of both Mr. Bernier and Mr. Côté, is highlighting the Harper government’s inability to manage a major ethical crisis. Senior RCMP officers confirmed two days ago that Ms. Couillard was known to the force before her past biker ties emerged in the news media in May. The officers told members of Parliament they would look into organized-crime ties of a minister’s spouse or girlfriend if they became aware of them – and report it to the government if what they found raised concerns. Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh said the Harper government has to call an independent inquiry into the entire matter. “The government must reassure Canadians that the long tentacles of organized crime have not reached into the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Public Works and beyond,” Mr. Dosanjh said. Liberal Senate Leader Céline Hervieux-Payette said in the Red Chamber that the inquiry has to look into “the possibility of influence peddling” at Public Works. The Bloc Québécois called on Mr. Harper and Mr. Bernier to appear before the public-safety committee of the House, which launched a probe into the affair this week. “We’re talking about influence with a minister; we’re talking about an attempt to obtain a contract,” Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe told reporters. Mr. Bernier resigned as foreign affairs minister last month after leaving confidential documents at Ms. Couillard’s home for up to seven weeks. A senior federal official confirmed yesterday that Ms. Couillard also discussed Kevlar’s bid on the federal project with Mr. Bernier. In an interview with Beauce radio station CHEQ-FM, Mr. Bernier broke his silence of recent weeks, saying the time since his resignation has been “mentally tough.”  He said he spent time with his family, but also in a solitary retreat, to recharge his batteries. He thanked his supporters in his riding and vowed to stay in politics, while refusing to discuss his relationship with Ms. Couillard or his mishandling of the classified documents. Mr. Côté, a senior staffer in the office of Public Works Minister Michael Fortier, was forced to quit Tuesday after it emerged that he had also discussed the Quebec City project last year with Ms. Couillard, while the two were dating. Mr. Côté did not recuse himself from the file at the time, and he resigned after the matter came to the attention of his minister two days ago. “There is an appearance of conflict, and I can’t accept that,” Mr. Fortier told reporters. A federal official said that Mr. Côté and Ms. Couillard met through a joint acquaintance, and that Ms. Couillard had raised her plans for real-estate development in the Caribbean. Another federal source said Mr. Bernier seemed anxious in recent months to introduce Ms. Couillard to his cabinet colleagues, pointing to a dinner date Ms. Couillard and Mr. Bernier had with Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and his wife, Valorie, at Hy’s Steakhouse in March. The source said the couples spoke about ordinary things, such as sports and children, but that Mrs. Day was left with a less-than-favourable impression and that her “woman’s intuition” made her skeptical of Ms. Couillard. In an attempt to contain the growing damage from the Couillard affair, Conservative officials said yesterday there was no inside intervention in favour of the Kevlar bid. “Mr. Bernier clearly did not accept to be lobbied,” a senior official said. “
 
“The agent, the developer and the federal ministry: a chronology
April, 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government tables the Federal Accountability Act, which toughens provisions on lobbying and creates a Commissioner of Lobbying with increased powers to investigate unregistered lobbyists.
December, 2006 Public Works announces it needs a building in Quebec City to house 750 bureaucrats. Kevlar Group Inc. is one of 25 bidders.
March-April, 2007 Julie Couillard dates Bernard Côté, a senior adviser in the office of Public Works Minister Michael Fortier. Mr. Côté has years of experience in real estate, while Ms. Couillard is finishing her courses in that field. During their relationship, the two discuss the Kevlar proposal.
April, 2007 Ms. Couillard dines with the then-industry minister Maxime Bernier, and the two start dating, having been introduced to each other by Kevlar Group co-chair Philippe Morin. That month, Ms. Couillard attends a $1,000-a-head Conservative fundraiser south of Montreal, where Mr. Fortier is present.
August, 2007 Mr. Bernier is sworn in as foreign affairs minister, appearing at Rideau Hall with Ms. Couillard. Shortly afterward, Mr. Bernier designates Ms. Couillard as his spouse for the purpose of domestic travel on his MP’s budget.
September, 2007 Mr. Bernier and Ms. Couillard attend the annual Diplomatic Forum, held last year in New Brunswick and attended by the cream of the diplomatic corps, including the U.S. and Chinese ambassadors to Canada.
Fall, 2007 Ms. Couillard is photographed meeting U.S. President George W. Bush in New York.
December, 2007 Ms. Couillard and Mr. Bernier break up, but the two continue to be seen in public, fulfilling what Ms. Couillard said was a one-year mandate to project an air of stability in the minister’s private life.
February, 2008 Ms. Couillard appears as the minister’s date at the Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa.
March 31, 2008 Mr. Bernier and Ms. Couillard are spotted having dinner at Hy’s restaurant in Ottawa with Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day and his wife, Val.
April, 2008 Mr. Bernier leaves classified documents at Ms. Couillard’s house
May 7, 2008 Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe publicly discusses Ms. Couillard’s past ties to members of the Hell’s Angels, asking whether the government conducted the appropriate security checks. Mr. Harper responds the next day that the relationship between Mr. Bernier and Ms. Couillard is nobody’s business, and blasts opposition leaders as “gossipy busybodies” for asking questions on the matter.
May 26, 2008 Mr. Bernier resigns as minister of foreign affairs after Ms. Couillard reveals that he left confidential documents at her house for up to seven weeks.
June 10, 2008 RCMP officials appear before a parliamentary committee and confirm that Ms. Couillard’s past ties to bikers were known to the RCMP even before she started making national headlines. Designated traveller status for Ms. Couillard was formally removed by the government.
Yesterday Mr. Côté’s resignation is made public after he tells his superiors he discussed Kevlar’s bid for the development deal with Ms. Couillard, while not recusing himself afterward.”
by the The Canadian Press
  
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