Tuesday, May 27, 2008

So long, and thanks for all the Joe Louis...

Highlights from Maxime Bernier's 9 Months in Foreign Affairs

April 18, 2008: Maxime Bernier suggests that Afghan President Hamid Karzai replace the governor of Kandahar, setting off an international uproar.

May 7, 2008: The "hey, hey, you, you, I don't like your girlfriend scandal" breaks wide open, with opposition parties pouncing on connections between Bernier's ex and biker gangs.

May 21, 2008: Bernier pledges that Canada will ship helicopters to Myanmar using an "available" CF-17. One problem - there are no available CF-17s.

May 26, 2008: Bernier resigns after it is revealed he left confidential documents at Julie Couillard's house.

In addition, foreign affairs drew fire for the handling of the Brenda Martin file, aid to China and Burma, and a gaggle of other screw-ups. Oh, and he got the name of the Haitian President wrong.



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