The Prime Minister Is In…Again!

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In his ongoing disdain for openness, accountability, transparency, and the “free” press in a democracy, and on a day of great manufactured import, Prime Minister Steve has given the national media a whopping 17 minutes notice for his statement to the press.

Artificial confidence motions around the crime bill and Afghanistan mission extension couched Parliament Hill today. Yet in keeping with Steve’s reluctance to permit the media any real access to him, the PMO or cabinet, his communications staff sent an email [below] giving all media in the country 17 minutes to get to the Commons foyer for a Steve statement. Hurry! Hurry hard!

I can count on two hands the number of times Prime Minister Steve has stooped to speak to the media in 2 years. The last time Steve did this was in October. Then he gave 67 minutes notice. Perhaps now he has effectively trained the media so they only need 17 minutes lead time.

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Notice
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 11:43:03 -0500
From: PMO

From the Prime Minister’s Web Site (

Public events for February 12, 2007

February 12, 2008
Ottawa, Ontario

Public event for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for today, Tuesday February 12th is:

12:00 p.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make a brief statement.

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON

*Open to media*

The Prime Minister’s Office – Communications
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