Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to present a rosy picture of his Conservative government's handling of the recession Thursday in a slick made-for-TV presentation designed to forestall a quick summer election.
The planned event in the southwestern Ontario industrial city of Cambridge will feature the prime minister releasing the government's report on the effectiveness of government policies at the Armenian Community Centre.
The presentation will be moderated by Senator Mike Duffy, a former television journalist, and feature Harper, flanked by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Gary Goodyear, the local MP and Minister of State for Science. It will include a staged interview segment between Harper and Duffy.
Duffy has been doing staged interviews with Conservatives for years, so this should be old hat.
The fact the government is resorting to this cheesy approach to sell themselves, is a statement in itself. You don't need slick if you've got the goods, you don't fear a REAL interview, if you have compelling answers. This concoction reeks of a charlatan.