Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In fairness, it may have been his assistant impersonating him...

Remember Rahim Jaffer?

Rahim Jaffer, husband of Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis, has been charged with drunk driving and possession of cocaine.

Police stopped Jaffer, a 37-year-old Angus resident, on Sept. 11 on Regional Road 50 in Palgrave. Caledon OPP say he was speeding through the village.

Jaffer will be in Orangeville criminal court on Oct. 19 to answer the charges.

His license was suspended for 90 days.

Jaffer was elected MP for the Edmonton-Strathcona riding in 1997, a seat he held up until last year's federal election, when he lost to the NDP candidate.



IRONIC UPDATE: Archie McLean has the audio from Jaffer's anti-drug ad, aired during the last campaign:

"Jack Layton and the Ottawa NDP have publicly supported the legalization of marijuana. In fact when asked about marijuana Jack Layton called it a wonderful substance which Canadians should be free to smoke at home or in a cafe. Edmontonians understand how difficult it is to make sure our children make the right choices especially on serious issues like drug use. The Conservative Party supports drug free schools and getting tough with drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to children. Don't let our schools go up in smoke..on October 14th vote Conservative. Authorized by the official agent for Rahim Jaffer."

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22 Comments:

  • LOL This is the issue that will turn the tide. Imagine..... the "tough on crime" Tories had this guy working for them.

    By Anonymous Grond, at 5:52 PM  

  • I'm a Tory supporter, and I'm not impressed either.

    I actually met Jaffer once, briefly, and he seemed like a nice guy, and most parliamentarians seemed to find him affable and hard-working. To say that I'm disappointed is an understatement. DUI and coke? What an idiot.



    (I wonder if this will affect his marriage with Helena)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:01 PM  

  • It's no secret Jaffer is a party boy - womanizing, drinking, etc.

    This isn't a huge surprise.

    By Anonymous Edmonton Tory, at 6:09 PM  

  • Chaucerian fraud! Insiders from most partys will feel bad for this guy, but there is no excuse for such hypocrisy. Where did he get the coke? Who deals it?

    By Anonymous Derek Lipman, at 7:39 PM  

  • parties. sp mistake.

    By Anonymous Lipman, at 7:39 PM  

  • If he is found guilty, he will pay the price. He's an adult, he seems to have made a personal choice which society does not find acceptable.

    Unless and until he is convicted, however, he does deserve the same rights and privileges accorded to any accused.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 8:40 PM  

  • Anonymous,

    What MPs were you talking to that called Rahim 'hard-working'? Edmonton Tory is right. Jaffer's reputation was well-known, and well-deserved, in Ottawa.

    Sadly, this is not a surprise by any measure.

    As angry as Harper was when Rahim lost the riding last year, he must be totally relieved that Rahim isn't in caucus today.

    By Anonymous Strathcona Conservative, at 9:10 PM  

  • I'm not surprised. Cons have more hypocrisy in their veins than blood. One more reason why the sorry Tories should be toppled ASAP.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 PM  

  • What is it with Canadian Conservatives?! Tough on drugs, then caught with blow; "defending" traditional marriage, then knocking up chicks while cheating on their wives. What's next? The CPC should learn to stop trying to hold others to "moral standards" that they themselves cannot adhere to.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:29 PM  

  • "As angry as Harper was when Rahim lost the riding last year, he must be totally relieved that Rahim isn't in caucus today."

    Well I hope he did not blame Jaffer for that loss, because it was due to Harper.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 11:40 PM  

  • "Well I hope he did not blame Jaffer for that loss, because it was due to Harper."

    I wouldn't give Harper all the credit, the NDP and Liberals worked together and ran a wonderful campaign against Jaffer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:14 AM  

  • the tories have a great candidate lined up this time. Ryan Hastman is everything that Rahim Jaffer wasn't

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:25 AM  

  • When we bitch and moan endlessly about how our politicians lack charisma, Rahim had it. Charisma is often balanced by flaws of character, Sir John A. never missed a drink in his life for example. I'm not happy to hear one of the more interesting politicians of the current crop is doing shit like that.

    Even as a Liberal, I dont take any joy in this, drinking and driving is absolutely wrong, and the only shame is that Edmonton won't have the chance to turf his ass for it, in addition to criminal charges.

    By Blogger Mikael, at 1:57 AM  

  • Considering that the President of the United States, former leader of the Parti Quebecois, and likely Toronto's next mayor and Ontario's current energy and infrastructure minister (Smitherman) all did coke I'm thinking Rahim Jaffer can recover.

    Also, how is it more hypocritical for Conservative politicians to drive drunk and use illegal drugs? Until the Liberals legalize coke and drink driving anybody who participates in those activities is fairly hypocritical.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 8:29 AM  

  • Wonder if this is going to come up at the Senate C-15 hearings? Nicholson must be crapping his pants!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:03 AM  

  • "the tories have a great candidate lined up this time. Ryan Hastman is everything that Rahim Jaffer wasn't"

    Unfortunately for him, he still has Harper as a leader, so he is in tough.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 9:19 AM  

  • Gayle - you need to take a break from posting to get your mojo back before the next election. Your comments are so predictable and wooden that your lowering the value of the neighbourhood.

    MM

    By Anonymous michael st. paul's, at 9:35 AM  

  • Well said Michael.

    The NDP took the riding because Conservative HQ left Rahim to his own devices, and the NDP poured tons of resources into it.

    The Conservatives will pony up whatever is necessary to win the riding back. Expect Duncan to join Ross Harvey as a one-hit MP wonder from Edmonton.

    By Anonymous Strathcona Conservative, at 10:54 AM  

  • funny but I could have sworn that Gayle over at one of the Tory blogs singing a very different tune.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:33 PM  

  • Really anon? Because I do not remember being on a BT blog talking about how Harper was to blame for Jaffer losing his seat. Maybe you have a link or something?

    "The NDP took the riding because Conservative HQ left Rahim to his own devices, and the NDP poured tons of resources into it."

    AND, most of the people here do not like Harper. I love how you people forget that - it makes it so much easier for the NDP to win again.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 5:26 PM  

  • Yeah, the Tories ALWAYS put good candidates in Edmonton-Strathcona! Remember Scott Thorkelson?

    I DON'T condone DUI, nor coke. But I DO extend the same empathy for Conservatives who screw up their lives as I do for Liberals or NewDems or anyone else.

    I just wish the Conservatives were ideologically capable of the same empathy for ANYONE. I wish the Conservatives would appreciate the nuances of grey that lie between black and white. I wish the Conservatives could comprehend that human beings are both complex, and flawed, and that "one size fits all" legislation designed to punish people for their transgressions and flaws are insufficient.

    If wishes were horses...

    By Blogger Party of One, at 5:35 PM  

  • Actually, Jaffer lost his seat for one simple reason. Stephane Dion. The grit vote bleeded to the NDP just enough to tip the scales. How do you blame Harper for the loss, the guy won his seat with Stock Day as leader. Ed-Strathcona is a riding that will never see a majority candidate.

    By Anonymous RC, at 1:38 AM  

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