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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rahim Jaffer is finished

How the mighty have fallen.

My thoughts and prayers are for the Jaffer/Guergis home today. While I recognize the seriousness of this matter, I disagree with those who think Helena should be demoted for this... this was her husband, not her, and she should not be punished.

As for him... I stand by my previously stated positions. Drunk driving is a serious crime, and the drug posession just proves that he's lost control. Serious consequences are required. The loss of his license is a given, the posession charges may even require jail time. Of all citizens of this country, I expect more from Conservative Members of Parliament. He should know better.

Politically, he's finished... I pray that their marrage isn't.

h/t to Janke

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  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 10:59:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One of the most difficult issues one may face is the addiction held by a loved one. The closest one to the addicted person is usually the last to know.
    For those of us who have had to deal with addicted loved one,(drugs or alcohol) the reaction to this tragedy is at best sad.
    Led by the Toronto Star every effort is made to link this man and his wife into the same problem. Sort of like guilt by relationship.
    We should be voicing our support
    for his wife and not buying into
    the sick perspectives of the Toronto Star.
    The man chose to drink and chose to do drugs. It's his to own and deal with. If one can't find real sympathy for his wife at least leave her alone.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 11:37:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Bert said…

    Well said, CC. It boggles my mind that there are people calling for his wife to be demoted.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 11:55:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Sandy said…

    I agree C.C., Ms. Guergis should NOT be punished for her husband's behaviour. Surely our society has gone beyond a woman being an appendage of her husband. If the shoe were on the other foot, we would never expect a husband to be demoted for a wife's behaviour.

    Mr. Jaffer is the only one responsible for his own behaviour but, unfortunately he alone will not feel the consequences of his actions.

    My bet is that he is suffering from depression given he didn't win a seat a year ago and yet is located in Ottawa where his spouse is very involved in the gov't.

    Now, however, if he is proved guilty (and he IS innocent until proven otherwise), he won't be able to run again either.

    So, unless he can find another career, or if they were to have a child and he was the stay-at-home parent, their marriage will not likely survive.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 12:06:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Laurie said…

    I don't recall the hew and cry for Mel Lastman's resignation when Marilyn was charged with shoplifting or demands for Chretien to resign over his son's many many charges.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 12:35:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    TangoJulette sez:

    Trying times for politcos [past and present] with "Jaffer" for a last name.

    We all seem to know about Rahim. He'll get wehat he deserves.

    Now here's the interesting, and long buried story, brought to light [finally] by the Toronto Star.

    Try this one on for size:

    " Liberal senator accused of bilking missionaries

    Senator Mobina Jaffer's billing practices to be investigated by regulatory body.

    B.C. law society probes $5.1 million complaint

    Sep 16, 2009 04:30 AM
    The Canadian Press

    VANCOUVER–Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer is being investigated by the B.C. Law Society over allegations she bilked a religious order she represented as a lawyer.

    The organization announced yesterday that Jaffer will undergo a conduct review following a lengthy investigation into claims of overbilling by a Roman Catholic missionary order.

    Jaffer's son, lawyer Azool Jaffer-Jeraj, will also face the review committee, which will start their work this fall.

    The Jaffers were fired by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate after the order was billed $5.1 million for work between 2000 and 2004 while they defended the order against dozens of claims of abuse in residential schools.

    The society began investigating accusations the lawyers engaged in excessive and inaccurate billing, including charging for more hours than there are in a day.

    A lawsuit launched by the order was settled out of court in 2007, at which point the society's investigation began. A spokesman for the law society said the investigation wasn't related to the quality of the lawyers' work, but to allegations they misrepresented how they calculated their fees.

    He said further details were confidential.

    Calls to the Jaffers were not immediately returned."

    We wait with bated breath to hear from concerned Catholics, both lay and cleric.

    You all know who I mean. Those believers who loud and long expressed their "shock and horror" at PMSH's alleged, and later disproved, contentions that Harper somehow "desecrated the body of Christ."

    I should think that ripping off the "Oblates of Mary Immaculate" to the tune of $5,000,000 to $6,500,000, sounds to me like a pretty damned good cause for the Canadian R.C. fellowship of believers to be marching through the streets on this issue.

    The alleged fiddling of accounts is purported to have taken place between 2000 and 2004, while the firm was defending the order against charges of abuses in residential schools.

    A settlement had been reached in 2007.

    Why has it taken this long to come to public attention? Why are those recent champions of issues Catholic so deafiningly silent today, and shamefully slent for the past 7 years??


    t.e. & o.e.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 12:59:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Amm, off topic much TE & OE? Wasn't worth the battle to delete it (and all the cries of "CENSORSHIP!" I'd get over it...) but please try to stay on topic.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 04:11:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger The Advocate said…

    I quite agree with other posters; the wife is not an appendage of her husband. Why should she be demoted because of actions he took? If she chooses to stay with him is her business, but his actions are certainly nothing she has control over.

  • At Thu. Sep. 17, 07:55:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm rather frustrated with some of the comments, frankly.

    Can we PLEASE hear the whole story?

    I'm certainly not going to defend this behaviour but it would seem it may have appeared out of no where and rather suddenly.

    Boy, aren't we getting a little quick to judge someones possible weakness?
    Can we give it a rest!

  • At Fri. Sep. 18, 09:29:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger The Christian Heretic said…

    I can't say I'm surprised. He ran anti-drug ads in the lead up to the 2008 election, and accused the NDP of supporting the legalization of marijuana, from what I've read. Conservatives (lower-case "c" there) who are publicly vocal against some particular sort of "sin" end up to be hiding a related habit all too often (see the Republicans involved in sex scandals in the US for many good examples, or various religious leaders for that matter).


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