http://www.theglobeandmail.com/serv...a21/BNStory/specialDecision2006/?query=harperHarper cuts off media accessSaturday, January 21, 2006 Posted at 10:51 AM EST
Toronto — Stephen Harper, anxious to protect his party's lead heading into Monday's vote, has cut off news conferences with the national media.
The Conservative leader brushed aside questions from reporters as he campaigned in the Liberal stronghold of Toronto.
His spokeswoman, Carolyn Stewart Olsen, says Mr. Harper no longer has time for formal question-and-answer periods.
Still, the Tory leader says open, accountable government will be one of his top priorities if he becomes prime minister.
One reporter was grabbed by Conservative security as she tried to ask a question of Tory hopeful John Carmichael.
Mr. Harper has been accused of shielding several candidates from media scrutiny, especially those who've spoken out against abortion and gay marriage.