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Foreign minister quits over papers

May 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Canada's foreign minister resigned after leaving classified documents at a private residence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced.

Harper said he accepted the resignation of Maxime Bernier, who came under fire recently amid reports that a former girlfriend had previous relationships with motorcycle gang members.

"Mr. Bernier has learned and informed me that he left classified documents in a nonsecure location. This is a serious error," Harper said.

Harper said Bernier's controversial relationship was not a factor in the resignation.

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