It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to hold a news conference on democracy and accountability and then tell reporters how many questions they can ask and dictate the acceptable topics. But that's exactly what Government House leader Peter Van Loan did when he appeared at a news conference with Senate leader Marjory LeBreton, to reintroduce Senate-reform legislation that died in the last Parliament.
The news conference was a huge draw - not because of Senate reform, but because of LeBreton. The long-time confidante of Brian Mulroney, who is known for her regular chats with her old boss, was appearing for the first time before reporters since Prime Minister Stephen Harper banned all members of his government from any dealings with the former PM.
Van Loan did most of the talking, allowing LeBreton to make brief remarks at the end, then warned reporters that he'd only take four questions - on the subject of Senate reform only. Happily, we can report that the warning was ignored and democracy was celebrated with more than four free-ranging questions and even some remarks from LeBreton.