"One plausible explanation is maybe she thought CTV was a branch of the government, I can't explain it"
As for Raitt, this one is definitely unfortunate – she was a rising star in the government, and people of all political stripes describe her as likeable and bright. But the Bernier precedent has been set (even if the circumstances aren't completely identical), and there doesn't seem to be a way around it:
"It obviously was not done on purpose. It was a mistake. But it doesn't matter. It was clearly done and that has to be treated appropriately. There are precedents and this obviously is a warning to all Ministers."
-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Macleans.ca, May 26 2008
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