The Globe and Mail is suitably (and appropriately) unimpressed:
Still waiting for answers
June 26, 2008
At long last, Maxime Bernier has deigned to speak about the scandal that ended his cabinet career. But only his most ardent supporters - the ones chanting his name last night as he addressed them in his home riding - could seriously believe that the former foreign affairs minister has laid the matter to rest.
If Mr. Bernier had been eager to set the record straight, he would have appeared before the parliamentary committee that for weeks requested his presence. At the very least, he would have answered the questions of reporters. Instead, he delivered a prepared text that sounded more like a campaign speech than an explanation.
And, on the other hand, there are the usual pandering sycophants:
Did anyone else happen to catch Bernier’s speech to les Beaucerons just now?
I thought his speech was very compelling ...
Not surprisingly, that's where I stopped reading. If I was really interested in that kind of delusional unreality, I'd start drinking the stuff stored under the sink.