This morning I watched CBC Newsworld when Prime Minister Harper gave his announcement outside Rideau Hall — that #Elxn42 and a vote on October 19th, 2015 is now formally underway. I thought the PM’s message was clear and well defended.
Yet, the post-questions and analysis of the answers to leading questions were a petty, whiny embarrassment. No wonder the PM doesn’t like media scrums!
For example, there seemed to be a deliberate attempt to confuse the reality that the political parties have to spend their own money during the election versus what they might get back later in Elections Canada rebates.
Which had nothing to do with what the PM was actually suggesting — that Messrs Mulcair and Trudeau had been criss-crossing Canada over the last few weeks on the taxpayers dime — getting a free ride as it were — instead of having to use the money raised by their political parties.
Should the PM have said something about the increase in potential rebates after the election, given the length of this election campaign? Perhaps. But, would it have made any difference? Would the media have explained that the party subsidy is gone? No. Would the media have found another way of twisting the PMs words? Absolutely. One thing they didn’t do, for example, was call the other party leaders out on that free ride I mentioned above.
The crux of the matter is that during #Elxn42 the Conservative Party of Canada is not only running against the opposition parties but also against the selective and collectively anti-Conservative biased reporting of the mainstream media. Hopefully, Canadians will remember that on October 19th and vote for their Conservative candidate!