Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the serious allegations regarding the conduct of the Honorable Helena Guergis

Ottawa, Ontario
9 April 2010

"Last night my office became aware of serious allegations regarding the conduct of the Honourable Helena Guergis.  These allegations relate to the conduct of Ms. Guergis and do not involve any other Ministers, MPs, Senators or federal government employees.

"I have referred the allegations to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and to the RCMP.  Under the circumstances, I will not comment on them further.

"Ms. Guergis offered her resignation from the Ministry, and I accepted it.  Pending a resolution, she will sit outside of the Conservative Party Caucus.  I have asked the Honourable Rona Ambrose to assume additional responsibility for the Status of Women portfolio."