Lines of communication are open
This morning on CBC Radio One's The Current, the marquee guest was Scott McLellan, who's written a blockbuster memoir, What Happened, about many of his regrets as the former press secretary to George W. Bush.
Host Jim Brown, I'm pleased to report, brought the interview around to the subject of Canada and the type of media management we've been seeing here from the Harper government. Brown asked whether the departure of Sandra Buckler presented an opportunity for Canada's government to rethink its tight message control.
McLellan didn't seem surprised by the question. In fact, he gave the impression he'd answered it before, maybe many times. He said, essentially, that discipline is one thing, paranoia is another. "What you can't do is abandon candour and openness," McLellan said.
Buckler's replacement, Kory Teneycke, started on the job yesterday. He has already made it clear to members of the gallery, including yours truly, that he's interested in openness and that he doesn't believe his only role is to serve as a barrier to information. That's a nice change and a promising start.