Conservative MP Bob Dechert’s bizarre apology for sending love emails to a journalist from the official Chinese government news agency Xinhua doesn’t cut it:
“The person is a journalist whom I have come to know as a friend. I met her while doing Chinese-language media communications”
“My understanding is that her emails were hacked as part of an ongoing domestic dispute. These emails are flirtatious, but the friendship remained innocent and simply that — a friendship.
“I apologize for any harm caused to anyone by this situation.”
Nor does it excuse the Conservatives for accepting it:
Andrew MacDougall, associate director of communications for the Prime Minister’s Office:
“Mr. Dechert has denied any inappropriate behaviour. We have no information to suggest otherwise.”
It’s bad enough that this MP embarrassed Canada and potentially put himself at risk of espionage and extortion but think about his poor wife after she read her husband’s emails to his girlfriend in the media:
“You are so beautiful. I really like the picture of you by the water with your cheeks puffed. That look is so cute, I love it when you do that. Now, I miss you even more.”
“I enjoyed the drive by thinking of you.”
“We will be voting at 6:30 p.m. If you have time, watch on TV or on your computer (on the CPAC website) and I will smile at you.”
“I miss you. Love, Bob”
Real “innocent friendship”… if Dechert didn’t have the fortitude to admit he made a huge mistake and resign, then Harper should have made that insistence. (see here)
Oh, and Karl Belanger, senior press secretary for the NDP should maybe shut his pie hole unless he wants to talk about a certain visit to a whore house.