Re: The opacity of Tory transparencyMay 7th, 2012
And just to be clear,I voted tory for a lot of years,I don't have a problem with any PARTY,it's harper and his minions,and the slimy american way they try to do things that I take issue with.
Touring the Vimy Ridge battlefield in France one day, Stephen Harper went down into one of the First World War trenches that have been preserved to give visitors a sense of what it was like there in 1917. Coming out later, the prime minister glanced at two TV photographers with their cameras pointing at him and quipped, “In those days, the enemy had guns.”
Sometimes Harper’s disdain for the Ottawa-based media — which he saw as part of the eastern establishment that had at one time helped solidify a Liberal stranglehold on Canadian politics — seemed half-serious, somewhat in the vein of the partisan posturing on display daily in the House of Commons. But for the most part, it was clear Harper saw the national reporting corps as self-important upstarts who amounted to little more than an obstacle to the Conservatives’ all-encompassing effort to shape and frame public attitudes toward their government.
Call it government by photo op. More than any previous ruling party on the federal scene, the Harper team elevated message delivery and image creation to priority status.
Once Harper was in power, his handlers wasted little time changing the way things were done when it came to the media. One of the highlights of the average week on Parliament Hill in previous years had been the Tuesday morning cabinet meetings held on the second floor of the Centre Block, just down the hall from the prime minister’s office. Reporters gathered in the hallway adjacent to the cabinet room before noon every Tuesday when Parliament was sitting and waited for ministers to wrap up their meeting.
But the whole business flew in the face of the controlled messaging strategy developed by Harper. Information on when the cabinet was meeting was no longer made public, and Commons security guards were ordered to keep reporters from hanging around near the cabinet room. This pattern held true, generally speaking, for all interactions between the Conservatives and reporters. The informal, movable scrums that were a part of life at provincial legislatures and, previously, at Parliament Hill became the exception with the Harper Conservatives.
â€˜Government by photo opâ€™: How Stephen Harper froze out Ottawaâ€™s press corps | Toronto Star
I don't believe a thing a Conservative says,and so should you not believe a thing a Conservative says,an intelligent person doesn't hear a word they say,Conservatives are so predictable.
i hope they take all their misfit followers with them in the next election.