PMO pushes, CTV pushes back
Yesterday, at the end of CTV's Question Period broadcast, there was some strong and remarkable evidence of journalists pushing back against the Prime Minister's Office. Rather than explain the story, why don't I just put the transcript here? I would imagine we'll be hearing more about this in the days to come:
JANE TABER: Craig, we've got to address a complaint. We received a complaint from the Prime Minister's director of communications Sandra Buckler about something you said on the show about the fact the Environment Minister or the Finance Minister would not come on to talk about Dion's green plan.
CRAIG OLIVER: And it was accurate for me to say they had both turned us down. However, they did offer us Jason Kenney, the Minister of Multiculturalism, to attack the government's green plan, and we said, sorry, we're not talking about multiculturalism, we're talking about taxation or we're talking about environment. And so they're insisting that we should take their person. And the question really is who's producing the show? Are we producing the show or is the Prime Minister's office producing the show? Would somebody tell me?
TABER: I think Sandra Buckler has an idea about who's producing the show, and I think that she, when she offers someone, she expects...
OLIVER: She thinks we should take her candidate.
OLIVER: Any time somebody's offered by her, that's the person we should have on the show. Not somebody we choose.
TABER: And we have to say that Jason Kenney of course did appear on the show, but we spoke to him in a panel situation with other MPs about, you know, what the accomplishments of the government were.
OLIVER: And we were glad to have him.
TABER: We were very glad to have him, we're always glad to have Jason Kenney on the show. So that's the complaint, we've addressed it, and as we leave you we're going to leave with you pictures from the studio of Parliament Hill and the preparations for the July 1st celebrations. Thanks for watching. We'll see you next week.