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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Self Righteous Quote of the Day 
(en francais)

The winner is Parliamentary Press Gallery President Emmanuelle Latraverse:
"As representatives of the public, which is what we are, we should not abdicate the freedom to cover the issues that we think are important,'' said Emmanuelle Latraverse, president of the parliamentary press gallery.


Actually Mr. Latraverse, I voted in a recent contested election for a Member of Parliament to represent me, not a member of the Parliamentary Press Corps.

On the other hand, if you're willing to publish your phone number, fax number, cell phone number, email address and any other contact info so that members of your "public" can contact you much as they do their elected representatives, I may reconsider.

I acknowledge that there is a dispute underway regarding past practices and current media access, but save the "woe is me" tale for another day. Many people believe that the gallery has some legitimate concerns but your grand pronouncements aren't helping you very much.

The rules of the game have changed. You mean to tell me that not being allowed to hang around the cabinet hallway or having Conservative Communications staff control questions at a press conference is all it takes to stymie you?

I look forward to see which gallery members rise to the challenge in the coming weeks and succeed in spite of the changes.

Paul Synnott at 3:44 AM    | en francais | Go to Top|


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