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couillard_dressRemember Julie Couillard, the woman who never received the Attire 101 memo and exposed a significant portion of her cleavage during the Canadian government swearing-in ceremony at Rideau House?  Her upper torso made all the newspapers. 

Previously I posted about Ms Couillard’s arrangement with Stéphane Sirois (Hells Angels) and how resolutely she brought down Maxime Bernier (Minister of Foreign Affairs) after he left secret government documents pertaining to Afghanistan in her apartment HERE.

Anyway the former “biker chick” moved on with her life.  Like many stiletto and Louis Vuitton wearing women before her she cashed in on the notoriety and published a tell-all memoir/book about her affair with the disgraced Mr. Bernier.  She secured a job at a Montreal radio station, and obtained invites to the so-called A-list parties to fill those long, cold nights.

julie_couillardAfter fading from the spotlight she has now decided to sell the provocative blue dress.  Yes, the same dress she was wearing as Maxim Bernier’s “date” (photo above) during the Conservative government’s swearing-in ceremony.  In the fashion industry this event has to be second only to the Lewinsky blue dress!  What is it about blue anyway?

I have no insight into motivation, but Ms Couillard’s new cause is a fashion show in the name of epilepsy.  It’s been reported that at the age of 12 Ms Couillard was diagnosed with epilepsy.  I’m no fashion expert, but it’s safe to assume the dress will sell for more than she paid for it and what great way to draw attention to herself (again), if that is her intention, and auctioning the dress off for a good cause.  Despite my opinion, what a stroke of genius it was donning that dress for her boyfriend’s swearing-in ceremony.  A brilliant marketing move on her part.  I can’t say that I blame her for exploiting her Outlaw Motorcycle “Club” relationships, her love affair with Bernier and others for fame and fortune. 

Is publicity a much too valuable commodity to be wasted on wannabes?

UPDATE: April 29, 2009 – Ms Couillard’s dress is auctioned for over $1000.

Photo courtesy Macleans.  A very detailed overview of Ms Couillard’s book is HERE.

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Maxime Bernier with Julie CouillardIt could be a romance novel or a movie thriller…

…a high-ranking politician foolishly sharing classified documents with some smooth-talking floozy, who then may have passed them on to the bad guys…

Well not quite.  The Canadian news reported about the resignation of the foreign minister, Maxime Bernier (right in photo).  He was forced to resign for a security breach when he left classified documents about a NATO summit at the home of Ms. Julie Couillard (left in photo) whose links to the Hells Angels became public.  Ms. Couillard came in to the Canadian public eye (literally with cleavage on full display!) last August when Bernier brought her to his swearing in ceremony.  The damage inflicted by this woman spread even further into the government this month, after a second senior official (Public Works Minister Michael Fortier), was forced to quit after it emerged that he to dated Ms. Couillard last year, at which time he discussed a federal real estate project in Quebec City with her.

The back story goes something like…Ms. Couillard lived with Gilles Giguere, a well-known Montreal crime figure for three years beginning in 1993 and who had ties to Maurice (“Mom”) Boucher, the now-jailed leader of the Hells Angels in Quebec.  Giguere was about to face trial on drug and weapons charges when he was shot to death in 1996 – supposedly after he decided to become a police informer.

Stay in tight formation because the plot thickens…then Ms. Couillard married Stéphane Sirois, who admitted to being an enforcer for a Hells Angels-affiliated biker club (The Rockers). He also turned informant and testified against several of his former biker colleagues in a 2002 trial. Mr. Sirois told the court that Ms. Couillard was suspected of being friendly with the police and “someone” ordered an end to the relationship; meaning ordered her demise sooner than by “natural causes”. Obviously that marriage ended in divorce.

This is really colorful stuff, no doubt. But what’s it got to do Ms. Couillard?  Nothing.  She has no criminal record and divorced her biker spouse nine years ago.  Ms. Couillard certainly was involved in a number of questionable things and might even be labeled a “Black Widow Women“.  But, the press has made claims that the resignations are because of relationships and past ties to members of the Hell’s Angels.  And just like other situations where claims about the Hells Angels being involved in something turns out to be false, this Ottawa mess looks like a bunch of opportunistic politicians sensationalizing and excitable journalists.

UPDATE: April 29, 2009 – Ms Couillard’s dress is auctioned for over $1000.

Picture courtesy of (The National Canadian Press)

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