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Guergis, staffer released from hospital after car crash

In Canada on August 12, 2010 at 20:33

OTTAWA — Independent MP Helena Guergis and her assistant were recovering at home Thursday afternoon after they were involved in a two-vehicle collision at an Ontario military base.

Guergis and Valerie Knight, who was driving, were taken to hospital Thursday morning after their vehicle was hit by another car travelling through an intersection at Canadian Forces Base Borden, in Borden, Ont. The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m., said Angela Foulds, an aide in Guergis’ constituency office in her riding of Simcoe-Grey.

Guergis was at the base, which is in her riding, to attend a funding announcement by Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

Guergis, who is five months pregnant, had a blood sample taken so doctors could conduct a Betke-Kleihauer test, which is used to detect fetal blood loss. As of 4:30 p.m., Guergis had not received the results, which take as long as four hours to produce.

Foulds said both women were "sore" but resting at home with family by late afternoon. They are both expected to take some time off to recuperate.

"They’re both home resting," said Foulds. "Her priority now will be taking care of her health."

A spokeswoman for the Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ont., would not release information on their condition.

Guergis was forced to resign as minister of state for the status of women and was kicked out of the Conservative caucus by Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier this year.

Harper said at the time that "serious allegations" about Guergis had been brought to his attention, which he then passed on to the RCMP and to the federal conflict-of-interest and ethics commissioner.

But he has never specified what the nature of the allegations are and Guergis has claimed Harper has never explained why she was ousted from the party.

Harper asked the RCMP to investigate her, but an RCMP probe determined last month no charges against her were warranted and the case was closed.

Guergis and her husband, Rahim Jaffer — a former Conservative MP who also has been embroiled in controversy and faces allegations that he was illegally lobbying his former colleagues — have both been cleared by the RCMP.

Guergis is continuing to co-operate with a separate investigation underway by the parliamentary ethics commissioner.

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