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PMO backs down from government controlled media centre after uproar

In what can only be described as a hurried response to prevent any more negative backlash then what has already occurred, Sandra Buckler, Harper’s director of communications, has released a statement this evening claiming that there were no plans to pursue the government media centre plans, with the Privy Council Office also getting in on the act, saying that these plans had been abandoned at an early stage, and really, what was all the fuss about?

The Toronto Star, who broke the story on the plans for Harper’s very own propaganda centre, was skeptical:

The Toronto Star‘s Tonda MacCharles, who first reported the story said she requested the documents about a year ago and received them late Thursday night. “There was nothing in there that indicated that the project was not going to go ahead and … today the Prime Minister’s Office is saying they’re not pursuing it,” MacCharles told CTV Newsnet’s Mike Duffy Live

For all the brashness and cockiness of Conservatives and their supporters of late, they still show a propensity to ditch controversial ideas or schemes that get revealed which they fear will cause their popularity to plummet- this being the latest example. They are still vulnerable to several issues, and a couple of polls don’t convince me otherwise that these can’t be taken advantage of in an election campaign this autumn.

5 comments to PMO backs down from government controlled media centre after uproar

  • Gayle

    You people do realize the story came from government documents which confirmed the plan, right? The CONSERVATIVE government documents?

    Are you so blind that you do not believe your own party when it makes them look bad?

  • ALW

    Mmmm. Government-controlled.  What, you mean like the way Trudeau ran his press conferences?

    Chalk this up as yet another bogeyman Liberal allegation about what the Conservatives "might" do, even though they’ve never actually done it ("muzzle" reporters)

  • kursk

    ..and why would the publicity suck ? Isn’t the idea to get your message out? Wasn’t the PPG an invention of Lester B. Pearson, as a way to get the liberal message spread through liberal friendly members of the press?

    I treat anything written by the red star as suspect in the first place, and if it’s by MacCharles, Travers or Delacourt i usually believe the exact opposite to what they have written.Travers has been such a partisan hack for the star , and has been wrong on so many things, for so many years, it’s a wonder the man is still gainfully employed.

  • Huh.  I really wonder what to make of all this.  Were they really going to do this or not?And yeah, I could see this issue becoming a problem for the government, for the very simple reason that the publicity would totally suck.

  • "…a propensity to ditch controversial ideas or schemes that get revealed which they fear will cause their popularity to plummet- this being the latest example…"

    This issue would have caused the government’s popularity to plummet? Hoo boy, Scott. This blog is once again becoming my favourite online read.

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