May 8 and 9, 2008 – The Liberal Party and the Bloc Québécois attack the government over Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier’s former relationship with a woman who had personal ties to Quebec bikers in the 1990’s.
The government refused to answer the questions claiming they inappropriately malign the reputation of an innocent woman.
Questions about national security?
The Liberals and the Bloc insist the issue raises national security concerns, but the NDP say they are uncomfortable pursuing this line of questioning.
MPs and journalists smear Julie Couillard
Some concerns are raised over the role the Liberal Party, the Bloc and the media played in advancing and perpetuating the story.