Among the Conservatives lined up proudly behind Conservative leader Stephen Harper at a rally in Surrey, B.C., was Dona Cadman, who is running for the Tories in the riding of Surrey-North.
Reporters traveling with the Harper campaign were keen to talk with Cadman. She's the wife of the late independent MP Chuck Cadman, and is at the centre of the controversy over whether, before his death, the Conservatives might have offered him a life insurance policy in exchange for his crucial support in Parliament.
But Cadman and other Conservatives were hustled off the stage after the rally and pursuing reporters were blocked by the RCMP, who were there to provide security for the exiting Harper.
Asked by reporters why the Tories went to such great lengths to keep Dona Cadman under wraps, a Harper spokesperson said, "Local candidates' priority is in the local ridings and not talking to the national media."