I Quit, Says Canadian MP Who Fell for a Hell's Angel Girl; Ugly Break-Up: Julie Couillard and Maxime Bernier at His Swearing-In

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I Quit, Says Canadian MP Who Fell for a Hell's Angel Girl; Ugly Break-Up: Julie Couillard and Maxime Bernier at His Swearing-In


Byline: DAVID GARDNER

CANADA'S foreign minister has resigned in a scandal over misplacedtop-secret files and a former model with links to the Hell's Angels.

Maxime Bernier quit after admitting leaving the classified documents at thehome of exgirlfriend Julie Couillard.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper called the lapse a 'serious error'.

The nature of the file remains unknown. But Canadian media sources speculatedthat it included classified information from last year's NATO summit inRomania.

One sensitive document was said to include details of NATO's military strengthin Afghanistan.

Mr Bernier, 45, has earned the nickname Mad Max for a series of gaffesincluding promising aid for Burma on a plane that wasn't available.

His relationship with Miss Couillard, 39, who was married to one Hell's Angelbiker and lived with another, has caused particular controversy.

But he appeared to have weathered all the storms - until the couple wentthrough an ugly break-up.

Mr Bernier was told on Sunday that his ex-girlfriend would appear on TV thenext day to accuse him of being 'careless' with government documents.

So he got in first. In a letter to Mr Harper on Sunday, he wrote: 'The securitybreach that occurred was my fault and my fault alone and I take fullresponsibility for my actions.' Mr Bernier's relationship with

Miss Couillard first hit the headlines last August when she appeared alongsidehim at his swearing-in ceremony wearing an extremely low-cut sundress.

Their romance came under even greater scrutiny when it emerged she had livedwith Hell's Angel Gilles Giguere, who died in a gangland-style attack in 1996,and was once married to Stephane Sirois, who was close to the leader of thenotoriously violent group. …

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