Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bernier's Brainless Blunders

Thirty nine weeks after assuming the minefield post as Canada's Foreign Minister, Maxime Bernier has resigned, leaving behind a trail of diplomatic gaffes and blunders. The resignation is about failure to uphold standards regarding government documents, insists Prime Minister Stephen Harper, regardless of who the minister is, regardless of his personal life. Bernier admitted to leaving secret NATO briefing documents at his "Ex-girlfriend's" apartment in April, a relationship he claimed was over after questions were continuously raised about the propriety of maintaining personal relations with one who has links to organized criminal groups.

Julie Couillard came to prominence when Bernier was promoted by PM Harper from Industry Minister to Foreign Minister. Their relationship came under scrutiny by virtue of Couillard's relationship with a biker gang member who was assassinated. She subsequently married a member of the same gang whom she quickly divorced. Bernier's judgment in pursuing relations with Couillard in contrast to his position was considered reckless, and his returning to her apartment after a supposed break-up raises more questions. The fact that he forgot the classified documents in her home shows a careless, unfocused, and disoriented disposition unfit for a position he holds. Speculations suggest that the resignation is a result of a series of errors Bernier has committed as Foreign Minister, and the document issue is the last straw. Others point to a deception he undertook regarding the break-up with Couillard.

On a tour in Afghanistan, Bernier blurted out that President Hamid Karzai should replace the controversial Kandahar governor, implying that the Afghan government was being dictated upon by foreign powers. In Rome, he volunteered to assist the aid effort to Burma by committing Canada's new C-17 cargo planes to airlift the World Food Program's relief goods. The problem was that the aircraft was not ready and the Canadian government had to rent the Russian version - an expensive and embarrassing mistake. He also mixed up the Haitian President's name with that of the predecessor. His entire term as foreign minister was compared to his unappr
oved distribution of Jos Louis pastries in Afghanistan, that he was better at giving pastries than anything else. His pathetic lack of preparation during the regular question hour at the House of Commons made him a regular opposition target.

Bernier burst into the political scene in January 2006, after winning 67% of the popular vote in the rural riding south of Quebec, a position held by his former MP father for over 10 years. He was tapped by Harper as Foreign Minister to promote the Afghan mission to the politically influential province of Quebec. Bernier was chosen because of political considerations. He had the background, looks, charisma, youth, to go with being high profile, telegenic, bilingual, and electorally bankable. He was considered the key figure for the Conservative Party's renaissance in Quebec, and was on the rise faster than others. He was like the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus. But his stint unmasked what was woefully a function totally out of his depth. His unceremonious plummet from grace is made worse by insinuations that he was emotionally unstable as a result of the pressures on his relationship with Couillard.

There are doubts about his return to fame and glory in the immediate future. Perhaps he should lie low for some years, do some baking or sell Jos Louis pastries. Better yet, get himself a bike and ride into the sunset. Or, he could abdicate everything and marry Couillard and forsake politics altogether, to save the voters of Quebec from further shame.



Kim said...

very interesting post Durano...
it seems the "golden" boy was a little tarnished by his actions...
could it possibly have been a mid- life crisis??
I wonder if he drives a sports car ?

Rebecca said...

Ugh, proof that the ole Mata Hari trick is still duping men... when will they learn to think with their brains and not with their *****?

Debbie said...

Another one bites the dust because (1) he can't keep it in his pants; (2) he is a poor judge of character, which is not good in politics; (3) he is not willing to put forth the effort and energy it requires to serve his country (sounds like Barack Obama)

I can't help but notice so many of these poor, way-worded scammers, have Arabic/Islamic names. Coincidence??? I think not.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Artbeat said...

Hi Durano

Thanks for the comments and my apologies for not responding sooner.

I guess its not ony African politics that can make one laugh or cry.

Our President Incumbent elected by the ANC "Jacob Zuma" was charged with rape not too long ago, the lady was HIV positive and when asked why he did not use protection during the act, knowing the lady was HIV positive. His response was something like "Nothing that can't be cured by a shower after a roll in the hay" Those wer'nt his exact words but that was the message he sent to a nation with one of the highest HIV rates in the world.

A great message from someone who looks likely to be elected our next president.

Added to that he is currently being investigated for some serious fraud. I think an article I read mentioned he had been Married and divorced 18 times. "Not surprised he had to resort to fraud to keep up the alimony.

Can the people of this country really really want this character as their president?

Judging by the example he has been to the nation, I am mortified at the message he will send to a crime ridden beleagured nation if the inevitable happens and he is elected as our next president.

I think the blunders of this Canadian charlatan will pale by comparrison.

But then thats Africa for you, a bit of charisma, rent a croud and publicity will hold sway over political savvy, decorum,an exemplary life and a genuine desire to serve the country.

God Help South Africa because I don't think Jacob Zuma will.

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Kim,

This Golden Boy is finished, and could take over a decade to recover, that is, if he could prove he has something else to serve Canadians with aside from embarrassment.

Mid-life crisis? I don't know, perhaps. Obviously you are focused on the stereotype of such conditions by asking if he drives a sports car. :-)

I remember Pierre Trudeau driving a sports car and wearing sandals during his term as Canada's Prime Minister.

I guess that power distorts the minds of men who have weak characters and convoluted sense of values. The need for trophies and other perversions they associate with power is meant to reward them for winning it. The ruthlessness needed to maintain power over time intensifies these perversions.

A lesson from history that each new student believes does not apply to himself/herself. That's why history repeats itself. :-)--Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Rebecca,

Stupidity has no boundaries, and in this case, not confined to a particular generation. It is an eternal presence in all generations.

The problem may not be in their inability to think with whatever, but in their inability to love and feel for others. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Debbie,

I agree Maxime Bernier failed in all three points you raised. But the first and the third points are the worst of the lot.

Based on his stint as Foreign Minister, he has done a great disservice to his country and a total embarrassment to the citizens of Quebec.

Would it be a better world if all politicians were eunuchs? :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Caroline,

You're very welcome!It was my pleasure to comment.

The reckless statements about HIV would make the less educated majority think it's nothing to worry about...what kind of leader is this? And the attitude about women and sex for fun is built into that same message, which would do damage to the educational campaigns on women's rights.

You're right, the blunders of the Canadian Foreign Minister pales in comparison. But these are not blunders as Zuma sees it, he actually believes these to be the nature of things. The Canadian realized the mistakes, but Zuma, in his mind, is not making any.There's nothing to be sorry for. This may be the beginning of the development of megalomania.Yes, Heaven help South Africa! :-)--Durano, done!

Kim said...

ahh yes if only lessons could be learnt from past experiences .. :0

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Kim,

If that becomes the norm, we'd all be wise and full of wisdom. :-) --Durano, done!