Today was the day, or so I thought. Never mind the hilarity of Mike Duffy as moderator, Harper was engaging the youth in a Q and A. I entertained for a brief moment, that I might have to revisit my argument, but alas the PMO didn't let me down:
PMO says it didn't rewrite youth forum questions
Youths who participated in a question-and-answer session with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday say their questions were edited by the Prime Minister's Office.
Two youths said hot-button words like "abortion" were cut from the questions in an event designed to focus on the G8 and G20 summits scheduled for next month in Ontario.
The youths, who would not give their names, said the event was scripted by the Prime Minister's Office and there was nothing spontaneous about it. The PMO said it did not rewrite any questions.
About 100 youths were gathered in front of TV cameras on Parliament Hill on Monday in an event moderated by Conservative Senator Mike Duffy and sponsored by Vision Internationale.
Most of the eight questions posed were on the economy and none addressed any subjects that could prove awkward for the government.
The most controlling, non-transparent, non-accountable, non-populist charlatan has kept his unblemished record in tact! The fact that supposed grassroots reformers can still support the antithesis of everything they supposedly stood for, might be the more remarkable development. I'm embarrassed for you.
Lots of commentary today, but this blurb by Scott Feschuk sums it up nicely:
Stage-managing events is part of any leader’s political arsenal, but come on – are we really being led by a man too chicken to answer the genuine, spontaneous queries of a few wonky kids. What a coward. Ooooo, our poor wittle Pwime Minister is soooo afwaid of what those mean wittle childwen might ask him. WE MUST PWOTECT HIM!!
How sad it must be as Prime Minister to live in constant fear of being exposed to a query that hasn’t been massaged by Dimitri Soudas or bought a drink and tongue-kissed by Mike Duffy