Thursday, March 31, 2011

No Further Questions!

Harper shuts down his own press conference.
On Thursday, Harper was asked to explain why — when Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP leader Jack Layton provide news conferences with no limits on questions — he insists on no more five questions.

Harper chose not to answer that question and moved on to the next questioner.

When journalists then pressed him for an answer to the question he ignored, Harper said. "If there's another subject I'll answer it."

That led to another question from a journalist, who noted that politicians such as himself promise openness and accountability. With that in mind, he was asked again, why the limit on questions during the campaign?

"If there are other subjects I'm not addressing, I'll take them. What's the subject? One subject."

Journalists asked another question, about Canada's position about the conflict in Libya. Harper answered and then ended the news conference.
We are about two days away from full meltdown.
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  1. A prime minister who ducks questions is a prime minister who has no answers.

  2. After watching Ignatieff on C-Span last night looking relaxed and taking unscripted questions in Winnipeg, I couldn't help but think of what a jarring contrast is offered in Harper's tightly-scripted and anally-retentive performances. I hope more people begin to notice the differences.

    I also hope that the national papers and tv networks begin to report on the journalistic restrictions being imposed by the Harper bunker mentality. As far as I know, they haven't thus far.

  3. One wonders why this hasn't become apparent sooner. Not like Harper just turned into a control freak this morning.

  4. Yeah, but his ability to mask it appears to have just fallen away...