It is generally a good thing for politicians to say the same thing in English as they do in French. But did Prime Minister Stephen Harper know that journalists would be comparing and contrasting all his year-end interviews, aired consecutively today (with popcorn!) in the National Press Theatre?
When CBC Newsworld journalist Don Newman asked Harper about the possibility of a cabinet shuffle, the Prime Minister assured him that when it did happen, "you'll be first to know." Newman said he'd hold him to that promise.
Next interview, same thing -- Radio Canada journalist Patrice Roy asked Harper if he was shuffling his cabinet and right on cue, Harper assured him: "You'll be the first to know."
CTV's interviewers, unfortunately, didn't ask Harper about a cabinet shuffle. Their interview focused more on lifestyle at 24 Sussex, including questions about Harper's new cat and how the Prime Minister was enjoying celebrity. But we have it on good authority that if Harper does move his ministers around, Lloyd Robertson and Bob Fife will be the first to know. As will Global TV's reporters and of course, the Toronto Star.