Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae called today for Bernier to be fired, describing him as incompetent and irresponsible.
And the NDP put a motion before a Commons committee demanding the minister appear to explain why he publicly called for the removal of the governor of Kandahar.
Bernier ended his visit to the war-torn country on Monday by effectively calling for the removal of Asadullah Khalid, linking him to the rampant corruption that plagues the impoverished region.
He was quickly forced to issue a "clarification'' after the Afghan government expressed concern about foreign interference in its internal affairs.
Rae says it's just the latest in a series of embarrassing gaffes by Bernier.
In an unusual move, Rae went further, offering up a possible replacement:
At first blush, it would appear a marginal upgrade.