Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dammed meddlesome reporters!

When they're not asking why you're enticing opposition MPs across the floor with cabinet posts and/or appointing your organizers to the Senate and cabinet when you pledged not to do such things, oh, a few weeks ago, they're asking you why you're putting a former lobbyist in charge of the ministry he used to lobby.

This governing thing would be so much easier without the meddlesome press asking questions. Maybe that's why the Conservatives left them standing by the side of the road today as they went on a cabinet field trip to Meech Lake (hat tip Dan Cook).

There was one group of people not allowed to ask questions of ministers on Wednesday - the media. The few reporters who covered the meeting were forced to stand alongside the highway leading onto the property while ministerial sedans drove past.

-CP

That's one way to avoid troubling questions I guess. The other way is to pre-select the questioners and then leave, as Stephen Harper did in his first post-election press conference a few weeks ago.

After about 30 minutes of taking questions from reporters who were pre-selected by Conservative handlers last Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister-Designate Stephen Harper walked away, with a number of frustrated Parliamentary scribes still trying to get some answers.
- The Hill Times
On a side note, that was quite the convoy of limos. I guess the minivan from Monday had to go back to Hertz.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could I ask a really stupid question? What is the difference between all the Liberal members riding in limos and the Conservative members riding in limos. Are only Liberals allowed the luxury of a limo and a driver? Why don't you Liberals find something to do until the Conservatives have finished cleaning up the mess left by the Liberals. See you in a few years.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Could I ask a really stupid question?

I'd bet really good money that you can.

What is the difference between all the Liberal members riding in limos and the Conservative members riding in limos.

The Cons use the Tim Horton's drivethrough while the Liberals stop at Starbucks?

Are only Liberals allowed the luxury of a limo and a driver?

No, teenagers attending the prom can have them too.

Why don't you Liberals find something to do until the Conservatives have finished cleaning up the mess left by the Liberals.

I've never been busier actually. You guys are giving me too much to blog about. It's starting to interfere with my day job. Maybe tone it down a bit, 'k?

See you in a few years.

Maybe be sooner than you think, mon ami.

JD said...

Hopefully actions such as this will help get the media out of its trance and get it to start doing its job. Even honest non kool-aid drinking Conservative associates of mine believe that Harper got a free ride during the election. Ask yourselves this: If Martin had been in Harper's place wrt Grewal, would Martin of gotten the benefit of the doubt? Actually, I think that the Grewal matter will eventually come back to haunt Stepford Stephen.