After some of the stories that broke today about the shady nature of the gentleman at the heart of the Guergis-Jaffer allegations, you could see a shift beginning in the Liberal strategy later in the day. They abandoned Guergis-gate in Question Period (at least in the CBC televised portion), instead passing the baton again to the Bolsheviks to cry wolf over the detainee matter (which Peter MacKay handled beautifully). Then in the late afternoon, the narrative on Guergis shifted to did the PM overreact by expelling her from caucus. I never agreed that she should be removed from caucus, and I think if she's cleared she should be immediately reinstated.
Of course the Liberal defense for their own baseless accusations was that they think the PM should have disclosed all information about the allegations when he contact the RCMP to investigate their validity. Well the allegations are of partying with prostitutes and snorting cocaine, which if they are false are incredibly slanderous. That stigma will likely be with her for the rest of her life, even if the allegations are proven false. The PM did exactly the right thing in contacting the police to investigate the claims; though Manbridge thinks the Prime Minister should have conducted his own personal investigation, perhaps in lieu of attending the international nuclear summit.
If the RCMP determines that she did nothing wrong, then the public should not have known any of these details, meaning that it would have been appropriate not to disclose them until their validity was verified. Manbridge and I disagree on who should have conducted the investigation. Does anyone not think that if the PMO had conducted a private investigation and then dismissed the allegations that Peter and friends would be furious?
Now after weeks of demanding Helena's resignation (which the opposition demanded long before the most recent allegations), Liberals are now attacking Harper for acting too swiftly to remove her from the employment that they had spent months demanding be terminated! It is absolutely crazy! The Liberals are blaming anyone but themselves for their own childish behavior. I think someone sang a song once upon a time that would elicit a standing ovation at the next Liberal caucus meeting...
"whatever you do, don't put the blame on you"