Helena Guergis, Conservative candidate for the riding of Simcoe-Grey, held a press conference yesterday in which she released the RCPM’s final conclusions in their investigation about her alleged involvement with drugs, prostitution and fraud that got her removed from the Tory Caucus in 2010. The investigation clears her of any involvement, and also reveals that the allegations were made by a Toronto private investigator without any evidence.
What most impressed me was not her black turtleneck, silver cross and the photo op with her baby, but her refusal to engage in mudslinging against Stephen Harper. Basically she said that she was holding the press conference to be accountable to her constituency who wondered what had happened. She also pointed out the flaws in the system that allowed one person to make allegations that cost her her reputation. If it happened to her, it could happen to anyone. ( see CBC.ca website for actual statement)
We will never know what the whole truth of the matter is. Politics is a dirty game. What I do applaud is that she took the moral high ground in not giving back to Mr. Harper what she got. In the interview she did not give the reporters sensational lines.
Helena is riding to her personal Jerusalem. Whether she wins her seat back or not, I believe that she is facing the powers of death head on by standing up for herself. What powers of death am I talking about? The power of rumour and malicious gossip; smearing another’s life in the media; of judged guilty before being proved innocent. We know that malicious gossip, and judged guilty before being proved innocent happens every day. Just look at the tabloids. Just look at the bible.
She is riding to her Jerusalem.