It’s official. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s feud with the Parlimentary Press Gallery has made him into a joke. Or at least a punch line.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has taken to using Harper’s bizarre (and surely unwinnable) fight with what the PM has dubbed "the anti-Conservative" national media as a gag in speeches.
On Monday in Markham, McGuinty cracked to 1,200 developers -- many of them Tories -- that he wished he’d thought of freezing out the media when he first got elected in 2003.
Then in a press scrum -- yes, at Queen’s Park, we still do those and, no, government officials don’t have a say in who asks the questions -- McGuinty was asked whether he had "any sympathy" for Harper in his plight.
"I do," interjected Chris Morley, the premier’s tireless press secretary and sometime punching bag for cranky reporters.
With a big grin splashed across his face, McGuinty said diplomatically: “I wish him the very best dealing with the media.”