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Threat to sue does little good for Helena Guergis

Helena Guergis, the minister of state for the status of women, speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on March 8, 2010.

CHRIS WATTIE

Is Helena Guergis going to lose her cabinet post?

The minister of state for the status of women has been under fire since it was revealed last month that she had had a meltdown in the Charlottetown airport. Ms. Guergis has since apologized for her behaviour.

But CTV's Bob Fife says there is a growing movement within the Conservative Party to have the Prime Minister dump her from cabinet.

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According to Mr. Fife, Ms. Guergis has been telling people that she has grounds to sue Air Canada after the report of her tantrum was leaked to the media. Mr. Fife says senior Conservatives have told him this suggests "she just doesn't get it."

Certainly there are high-profile Tory faces, including former PMO communications director Kory Teneycke, who have been publicly critical of her behaviour.

Reports suggest the PEI incident has cost the party some support with the Conservative base.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the only one who can decide whether Ms. Guergis stays or goes. Mr. Fife suggests he may wait until some time has passed and then quietly replace her.

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Gloria Galloway has been a journalist for almost 30 years. She worked at the Windsor Star, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Canadian Press and a number of small newspapers before being hired by The Globe and Mail as deputy national editor in 2001. Gloria returned to reporting two years later and joined the Ottawa bureau in 2004. More

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