Ex-Tory MP Jaffer charged with cocaine possession

By Motorhead · Sep 17, 2009 · ·
  1. Motorhead
    Ex-Tory MP Jaffer charged with cocaine possession

    Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer, who ran anti-drugs ads against the NDP in the last federal election, is facing charges for drunk driving and cocaine possession.

    Jaffer, who is married to Conservative cabinet minister Helena Guergis, was arrested early Friday morning by Ontario Provincial police in Palgrave, northwest of Toronto.

    OPP say the officer stopped a speeding SUV at about 12:45, and reported the driver smelled of alcohol.

    Jaffer faces charges of driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit, and with possession of cocaine.

    His licence has been suspended for 90 days and he is to appear in court Oct. 19.

    Jaffer, 37, was MP for Edmonton-Strathcona from 1997 to his surprising defeat in 2008. He was the only Tory to lose in Alberta in the most recent federal election and has been said to have taken his defeat hard.

    Days before the election, Jaffer launched attack ads criticizing NDP Leader Jack Layton as soft on drugs.

    Part of the radio ads said: "Edmontonians understand how difficult it is to make sure our children make the right choices, especially on serious issues like drug use. The Conservative Party supports drug-free schools and getting tough with drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to children. Don't let our schools go up in smoke. On October 14th vote Conservative."

    Jaffer was first elected to the House of Commons at the tender age of 25.

    In 2001, he made an emotional apology in Parliament after it was discovered one of his staff impersonated him on a radio show while the MP was busy.

    He was born in Kampala, Uganda, and immigrated to Edmonton as a boy.

    Jaffer was arrested near his wife's riding of Simcoe-Grey. They were married Oct. 15 last year, one day before the federal election.

    CTV.ca news staff
    Sept 16, 2009

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  1. Motorhead
    I can't yet find how much he was pinched with. His wife is tight lipped so far, and no statement from the government yet.

    This will be a huge embarassment for the current Tory government of Stephen Harper which created Bill C-15, a bill with strict mandatory minimums for drug offenses, is letting the United States extradite and prosecute Mark Emery, and is appointing religious zealots(not scientists) to 'study' the link between marijuana and schizophernia.
  2. Motorhead
    Ex-MP Jaffer's court case postponed

    Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer's court case for impaired driving and cocaine possession has been put off until Nov. 16.

    The ex-member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona was scheduled to appear this morning in a courtroom in Orangeville, Ont., to face charges related to drunk driving and drug possession. Jaffer did not appear but was instead represented by a paralegal.

    Jaffer, a resident of Angus, Ont., was arrested on Sept. 11 after police stopped a Ford Escape that had been travelling at high speed through the village of Palgrave, northwest of Toronto.

    Jaffer had his licence suspended for 90 days and was charged with impaired driving and possession of cocaine by the Ontario Provincial Police.

    Jaffer, who is married to Minister of State for the Status of Women Helena Guergis, was elected in his Alberta riding in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, which later morphed into the Conservative Party. He held the riding until his surprising defeat by an NDP candidate in the 2008 election.

    CBC News, with files from The Canadian Press
    Oct 19, 2009
  3. Motorhead
    Former MP Rahim Jaffer's drunk driving, drug case set over

    ORANGEVILLE, Ont. — The court case for Rahim Jaffer, the former Alberta Conservative MP facing drug and drunk driving charges in Ontario, was set over Monday.

    Jaffer, who has said he is innocent and is "confident of full exoneration," is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 10 in Orangeville.

    The 37-year-old Jaffer was charged Sept. 11 after he was stopped by police for speeding in Pagrave, Ont., which is in the riding of his wife, Simcoe-Grey Conservative MP Helena Guergis — a junior federal cabinet minister.

    First elected in 1997, Jaffer was the only Conservative to lose an Alberta riding last fall.

    Nov 16, 2009
    Canwest News Service

    This is the second time in as many months that Jaffer has had this court date put off. There is not much detail on the reasons why the case is being put off. The Tories, and everybody else, have been incredibly tight lipped about this.
  4. Motorhead
    Former MP Jaffer heads to court Jan. 14 on DUI charge

    ORANGEVILLE, Ont. — The court case of former Alberta Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer has been put over again - this time until Jan. 14.

    Jaffer, who is married to federal Tory cabinet minister Helena Guergis, is facing cocaine possession and drunk driving charges.

    He was arrested and charged in the village of Palgrave, Ont., east of Orangeville, in September.

    Jaffer's lawyer Howard Rubel says he expects to be able to set a trial date in the near future.

    Jaffer, who is 37, was MP for the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona from 1997 until he was defeated in last year's election.

    During the campaign, Jaffer approved radio ads which supported drug-free schools and getting tough with drug dealers.

    The Canadian Press
    Updated Dec. 10, 2009
  5. Motorhead
    Jaffer's counsel schedules judicial pre-trial

    ORANGEVILLE - Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer is scheduled for a judicial pre-trial in Orangeville court Feb. 18.

    Jaffer was due in Orangeville court this morning (Thurs., Jan. 14) for his fourth appearance against charges of drunk driving, speeding and drug possession.

    The next scheduled appearance will mark the fifth time Jaffer has been due in court. However, he has not appeared the previous four times - in October, November, December and January.

    Jaffer, 37, was stopped on Highway 50 in the village of Palgrave just before 1 a.m. on Sept. 11. Police said he was driving 93 km/h in a 50-km/h zone.

    Police also said he had been drinking and discovered cocaine on his person.

    In a statement issued days after his arrest, Jaffer said he was innocent and that he remained confident of a full exoneration.

    He said he intended to fight the accusations against him.

    Jaffer is the husband of Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Geurgis. They wed the day after last year's federal election.

    Jaffer was the first Muslim elected to Parliament when he became MP for the Edmonton-Strathcona riding in 1997. He held the seat for 11 years. During the last federal election, which he lost to the NDP candidate, he approved several anti-drug campaign advertisements.

    The Alliston Herald
    Jan. 14, 2010
  6. Motorhead
    I kind of lost track of this story while I was away, but this is the latest info I could find. Not much there really. I can't wait to see what kind of 'verdict' he is going to get.
  7. Motorhead
    Jaffer pleads guilty to careless driving

    [imgl=black]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13655&stc=1&d=1268150275[/imgl]Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer has pleaded guilty in an Ontario courtroom to careless driving and must pay a $500 fine.

    Jaffer had been charged with impaired driving and possession of cocaine but those charges were dropped.

    Jaffer will also donate $500 to charity.

    Jaffer, a resident of Angus, Ont., was arrested on Sept. 11 after police stopped a Ford Escape that had been travelling at high speed through the village of Palgrave, northwest of Toronto.

    Jaffer, who is married to Minister of State for the Status of Women Helena Guergis, was elected in his Alberta riding in 1997 as a member of the Reform Party, which later morphed into the Conservative Party. He held the riding until his surprising defeat by an NDP candidate in the 2008 election.

    March 09, 2010
    CBC News
  8. Motorhead
    And there you have it folks. A former Conservative MP can walk away from drunk driving and Cocaine possession charges here in the Great White North. What a joke. I'll post more opinion when I get more details and my disgust wanes.
  9. skellium
    After reading the news today, I wrote to my MP regarding Jaffer.

    The hypocrisy is sickening.
  10. God hates me
    Bull fucking shit this dude bounced around parties ending up in the Conservatives and now im fucking hearing hes getting off with the cocaine possesion... Fuck Stephen Harper and the conservative partie and that douchebag Jaffer,im glad he lost his riding and anyone hear about the huge fucking flipout his wife had at an airport? prob cuz of all the stress of this bullshit, ha
  11. Motorhead
    Tories bristle when asked to explain Rahim Jaffer's 'slap on the wrist

    Stephen Harper’s tough-on-crime Conservatives were accused of being not-so-tough when it comes to one of their own today during a particularly nasty Question Period.

    Winnipeg Liberal MP Anita Neville raised the issue of the $500 fine given to former Tory MP Rahim Jaffer after he pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving earlier today. Her questions – and accusations – touched off a firestorm in the Commons.

    “Members of this government are always quick to comment on any court judgment that doesn’t align with their get-tough-on-crime rhetoric,” Ms. Neville said. “They always say, ‘You do the crime. You do the time.’ What then is this government’s comment on the dangerous driver in possession of illicit drugs who gets off with no record and a $500 slap on the wrist?”

    The Tories were incensed.

    “How low can you go?” Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said, calling on Ms. Neville to apologize and withdraw her remarks.

    Mr. Jaffer lost his Alberta riding to the NDP in the last election and is married to junior cabinet minister Helena Guergis. Last September he was charged with drunk driving and possession of cocaine. Those more serious charges were dropped today in return for his guilty plea for careless driving.

    “I’m sure you can recognize a break when you see one,” Mr. Justice Doug Maund told Mr. Jaffer today in court. His comments have caused some to wonder why the ex-MP got a break.

    Not surprisingly, the issue was raised in Question Period: “Does this government really believe the punishment fits the crime?” Ms. Neville asked.

    Mr. Nicholson called this an “irresponsible question” and denied any political interference in the sentence. (His office later called The Globe to make sure it was clear that the case was a provincial matter, despite the drug charge.) The Justice Minister also demanded the Liberal MP apologize.

    Rather than saying sorry, Ms. Neville went at it again but this time she needed the help of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken, who had to first calm down the chamber.

    “Order, order, order, order, order, order, order – the honourable member for Winnipeg South Centre has the floor. Order!,” the Speaker bellowed.

    “The Conservatives are conspicuously silent only when the law is being flouted by one of their own. ... Why the double standard?” Ms. Neville asked.

    The Jaffer affair, however, was not the only contentious issue today in the House.

    Both Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP chief Jack Layton questioned the Prime Minister about the Afghan detainee controversy and a document unearthed by the CBC that shows a government communications strategy was in the works before the allegations of torture had become public. This suggests to the opposition that the government was aware of the torture allegations yet continued to transfer Afghan prisoners.

    “The Prime Minister can try to hide behind a judge,” Mr. Layton said. “He can try to hide behind the bureaucrats but here are the facts: his national security adviser, who I assume gives him updates on a regular basis, was aware of the problem … and yet his government continues to transfer detainees to the Afghan authorities right now.

    “Will the Prime Minister admit that his government knew about the torture from the beginning, that it was done to gather intelligence and that rendition is still the policy of his government?”

    Mr. Harper dismissed the allegations, saying they just “keep going farther into the stratosphere.”

    “The truth of the matter is of course that Canadian diplomats and Canadian military personnel have at all times respected Canada’s international obligations,” he said.

    The Liberals are also demanding that the Conservative government make public the mandate of former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, who has been asked to review the secret documents relating to the prisoner transfers.

    So far, the Prime Minister has not provided the mandate details. He will only say that Judge Iacobucci will be able to review all of the documents.

    March 09, 2010
    Jane Taber
    The Globe And Mail
  12. skellium
    "How low can you go?" asks the Conservative Justice Minister.

    Exactly ... how low can you go; harping on about being "tough on crime" and introducing legislation calling for mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession offenses*, yet turning a blind eye when it's a Conservative slipping up.

    I realize that decent people can make serious mistakes, such as driving drunk. Personally, I'm against mandatory minimum sentencing for ANY crime. It's the hypocrisy that gets me. Jaffer voted in favour of mandatory minimum sentences* and also campaigned on an anti-marijuana platform. What an asshole.

    * Bill C-15/C-26
  13. God hates me
    Swim was talking to their mother (a lawyer) about this and she explained that if the cocaine had been found in the car it would not actually be that easy to prove because of the comings and goings of other people etc but when swim told her that it said "cocaine on his person" the only thing that she could think of was that the court deemed his completely tarnished reputation as sufficient punishment. If it were most other people maybe but he really agrees with skellium about what a tool hypocrite he is that he should be paying alot more than just the 500$ donation to charity
  14. Motorhead
    MP wants answers on Rahim Jaffer's plea bargain

    [imgl=black]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13669&stc=1&d=1268317282[/imgl]1. Why just a slap on the wrist? Joe Comartin sees a sweet deal in the $500 fine given former Tory MP Rahim Jaffer for careless driving. And he wants answers now as to how it was put together; he wants Canadians told how it happened to avoid any whiff of political interference or corruption.

    This morning the NDP MP will be asking his caucus whether he should write the Ontario Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions demanding answers to the controversy swirling around Mr. Jaffer’s sentence.

    In his life before politics Mr. Comartin was a trial lawyer. He has 27 years under his belt and knows his way around a courtroom. He comes at this with a lot of credibility.

    “I’m wearing my lenses as a defence lawyer and thinking, ‘Boy, it would be great if I could get my client a deal like that,’” Mr. Comartin told The Globe about the controversial plea bargain.

    Yesterday, Mr. Jaffer pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving and was fined $500. The Crown dropped criminal charges of drunk driving and cocaine posession. A speeding charge was also withdrawn.

    There is a view that Mr. Jaffer’s connections helped him. Adding to this is the fact that the judge, Mr. Justice Douglas Maund, told the former politician: “I’m sure you recognize a break when you see one.”

    NDP Leader Jack Layton made reference to this, too, when asked about the Jaffer sentence outside of the Commons yesterday: “Well, the judge himself in the case said that this was one heck of a deal and I believe that a lot of Canadians will look at it and simply shake their heads and ask themselves whether or not this represents some kind of a double standard.”

    Married to junior cabinet minister Helena Guergis, Mr. Jaffer was until the last election a Tory MP from Edmonton. During the last part of his tenure in Ottawa he served as the national Conservative caucus chairman, a job requiring the person in it to be well-liked and well-known among his colleagues.

    Says Mr. Comartin: “I’m inclined to think that there is no reason to be suspicious that there was political interference or anything of that sort but I think it behooves the prosecutor … or Ontario’s Attorney-General to tell the Canadian people why this happened.”

    The $500 penalty for the careless driving charge is appropriate, Mr. Comartin says. But that’s not the issue – the issue is the decision by the prosecutor not to proceed with the more serious charges.

    Mr. Comartin says, for example, that the only time he can remember a breathalyzer charge being dropped was when “I had a very clear defence the machine was not working properly.”

    So, he is simply asking that Canadians be told why the decision was made to agree to the plea bargain. “Tell us that so the Canadian people don’t think there is political interference or corruption,” he says.

    Liberal MP Anita Neville questioned the government on the issue yesterday in Question Period, noting the contradiction between the government’s tough-on-crime policies and this sentence. She was practically drowned out by the outrage from the Tory bench.

    Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said this was a provincial matter and there was no political interference. He called Ms. Neville’s questions irresponsible and demanded she apologize and withdraw her remarks, receiving a standing ovation from his caucus colleagues.

    But Mr. Comartin points out that the drug charge is a federal matter and that Mr. Nicholson was “ducking” the issue of why it was dropped.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Jaffer’s colleagues are being very tight-lipped about the matter. Many have avoided comment on it although some Tory pundits, including the Prime Minister’s former spokesman Kory Teneycke and strategist Tim Powers, have called for a public explanation.

    March 10, 2010
    Jane Taber
    Ottawa Notebook blog, from The Globe And Mail
  15. Motorhead
    Vic Toews blames media for Rahim Jaffer 'smear job'

    [imgl=black]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13670&stc=1&d=1268317584[/imgl]Stephen Harper’s senior Manitoba minister has launched a public attack on a journalist from his province over her reporting of the Rahim Jaffer affair, calling it a “smear job.”

    In an angry letter, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews accuses Winnipeg Free Press reporter Mia Rabson, the only Manitoba reporter covering Parliament Hill, of advancing the “Liberal spin.”

    Mr. Toews writes that Ms. Rabson “regularly engages” in “conspiracy theory” stories “because they don’t involve a lot of thought or work.”

    “They just involve innuendo and superficial understanding of the issue. In fact, the more superficial, the better, because a thoughtful examination of the issue quickly destroys the conspiracy,” he writes.

    The minister does not mince his words, arguing that Ms. Rabson was merely parroting the suggestion by Manitoba Liberal MP Anita Neville that the Conservative government was “falling down on the job” because of the sentence meted out to the former Tory MP.

    Ms. Neville had asked the government in Question Period yesterday how its tough-on-crime views squared with the sentence.

    Mr. Jaffer was fined $500 after pleading guilty to a charge of careless driving yesterday. But more serious charges of drinking and driving, cocaine possession and speeding were dropped.

    It is not clear why. And questions have been raised on Parliament Hill about whether Mr. Jaffer was given a lighter sentence because of his connections. He is married to junior cabinet minister Helena Guergis and in the last election he lost his Edmonton seat to the NDP.

    Mr. Toews, meanwhile, was scrummed outside of the House yesterday about the Jaffer sentence. He said that the sentence was a provincial matter. Mr. Jaffer was sentenced in Orangeville, Ont.

    Mr. Toews said: “I believe the Liberal – Liberal government in Ontario would be responsible for that.”

    Ms. Rabson wrote: “It’s certainly a constant refrain from Toews, Nicholson and company that the Liberals are responsible whenever there is some evidence someone isn’t getting the punishment they deserve.”

    Mr. Toews is taking offence with the way in which Ms. Rabson described his response as “political posturing.” He is also upset that she noted the provincial judge on the case had been appointed to the bench by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who was the Ontario attorney-general at that time.

    “For Mia Rabson … the smoking gun in the case that led to a Conservative conspiracy was the political affiliation of the judge prior to his appointment to the bench in 2000.”

    Mr. Toews, who also names CanWest reporter David Akin in his letter, notes that the judge is not responsible for the sentence. Instead, the decision to accept the plea bargain lay with the Crown Attorney.

    And then he can’t resist one last dig at Ms. Rabson, saying that she “rarely disappoints” in running “roughshod over the facts.”

    Winnipeg Free Press publisher Bob Cox says that he is confident that Ms. Rabson reports fairly.

    Although, he says he doesn’t normally respond to political attacks, he did note in this case that “politicians love to attack the media to help divert attention away from what the politicians themselves are doing.”

    “Vic has a long tradition of using the Free Press as a villain,” Mr. Cox says. “He writes regularly to his electronic following about how terrible the newspaper is, how we have a Liberal agenda, etc. If you read our editorial page regularly you will know how humorous that suggestion is.”

    Ms. Rabson was nominated for a Michener Award last year for a project she did with the Winnipeg Free Press on Manitoba's child-welfare system.

    March 10, 2010
    Jane Taber
    Ottawa Notebook blog, from The Globe And Mail
  16. Motorhead
    Guergis gets no sympathy for 'hissy fit'

    [imgl=black]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=13697&stc=1&d=1268491221[/imgl]Beleaguered Conservative cabinet minister Helena Guergis — who threw a "hissy fit" at Charlottetown airport recently — is getting little sympathy from her political colleagues.

    Guergis, minister of state for the status of women, was a no-show Friday at a panel on women in politics at the Manning Centre's annual conference for "small-c" conservatives.

    Her office did not respond to a question about her absence.

    Two weeks ago, Guergis apologized for an angry outburst against airport and Air Canada staff in Charlottetown. She allegedly seethed at being put through airline procedures as she arrived minutes before a scheduled flight, calling the city a "hellhole" and uttering a profanity.

    Former Conservative party matriarch Deborah Grey did attend the panel discussion, as did moderator and junior minister Diane Ablonczy, MP Lois Brown and Andrea Mrozek of the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada.

    When a member of the audience asked about women in politics being treated differently, Grey responded that even so, it didn't give them licence to "throw hissy fits at airports."

    "Women are judged differently. We can like it, we can harangue about it, we can hate it, we can do all kinds of things, but that's the way it is. That's life," Grey, one of the best-known Conservative women, later told The Canadian Press.

    "We can't give ourselves permission to lose control and have a hissy fit at an airport or wherever, in the House of Commons, because it will come back to bite us."

    Mrozek also waded in: "Is it because someone's a woman or that they're just being an idiot in the public square?" she said.

    Ablonczy also indirectly commented on Guergis, saying Conservative women are treated differently in the media than Liberal women. She pointed to a column in the Globe and Mail newspaper last week in which the writer suggested Guergis should resign but not a Toronto city councillor who angrily shot back at a heckler.

    Conservatives have been curiously candid in their reaction to the Guergis incident.

    The former communications director to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Kory Teneycke, called Guergis's "diva behaviour" unacceptable.

    "You've got to come clean and you've got to show contrition and in doing that it allows everyone to move on," Teneycke told The Canadian Press. "Half addressing it or skirting it doesn't allow people to turn the page."

    Guergis is also dealing with the fallout from husband Rahim Jaffer's careless-driving charge. The Crown dropped impaired driving and drug possession charges against Jaffer, a former Conservative MP — a "break" in the words of the judge who heard his case.

    "When you're in the press, and you're on the front page of the newspaper for something other than good sound public policy, it's never good," Grey said. "The two of them are just in a dill pickle."

    March 12, 2010
    The Canadian Press, from CBC News
  17. Motorhead
    Is this really on topic or not? lol. Many are making a big deal that Jaffer is no longer in public life, however his wife still is and the two stories have become somewhat intertwined in the Canadian press and the fallout from both.

    Some have even gone as far to say that she was smuggling drugs from him or that she herself is a cranky coke-head lol. All pure speculation with no merit I believe. I don't think that even he does much of the stuff anymore, judging by his pudgy appearance in his most recent photos.

    Anyways, I don't know how many of you are actually interested in this, but I am having a hell of a good time doing my best to spread the embarrassment of the Canadian Conservative Party. rotflmao
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