Former Conservative cabinet minister Helena Guergis, who was cleared Wednesday of criminal wrong-doing by the RCMP, issued the following statement on Thursday afternoon:
"I am relieved with the outcome, as I knew that I had done nothing wrong. I continue to work hard for those who have elected me as their representative in Ottawa.
I will continue to work with the Ethics Commission who is in the midst of their own enquiry, and I am looking forward to a resolution on that end as well.
I think it is time for a face to face meeting between the PM and I. He can raise his concerns, whatever they are, and I can answer. I have never been afforded this opportunity."
Ms. Guergis resigned as minister of state for the status of women this year after a private investigator passed on allegations involving her husband, former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer, and his business partners to Conservative lawyer Arthur Hamilton, who informed the PMO. She was then kicked out of the Tory caucus.
The Prime Minister's Office said Wednesday that, despite the fact the RCMP has closed its books on the case, it will still continue to exclude Ms. Guergis by from caucus, saying "several factors" were behind her ouster. Ms. Guergis faced a number of controversies before and after she quit cabinet, including an outburst at a PEI airport and an investigation by the Ethics Commissioner into a letter that she wrote last year to promote a company that was in discussions with Mr. Jaffer's business.