Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office is apologizing for hustling journalists out of an event just as Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was about to speak.
The two leaders were attending an event Friday evening hosted by the Indian high commission to launch "The Year of India in Canada."
Harper spoke briefly, after which reporters, photographers and TV camera crews were asked — by staff from the Prime Minister's Office — to leave.
As an added kicker, the Conservatives removed the podium leaving organizers to scramble to get another one for Ignatieff. Petty, but entirely predictable. In fact, rather than a "misunderstanding", what happened at a non-partisan, "very ethnic" event last night is part of a well established, coherent PATTERN.
Remember when the PMO invited reporters over to 24 Sussex for Christmas, at the EXACT SAME time the Liberals were holding their gathering? Remember when Ignatieff was on his summer tour and Harper and his Ministers seemed to be shadowing him? Remember the Winnipeg by-election coincidental overlap? If one is so inclined, there are countless more examples where this PMO has shown an almost obsessive desire to try and undercut Ignatieff at every turn. This sober reality makes "misunderstanding" actually "nonsensical", more correctly, the apology simply damage control. With the known pattern in mind, this comment makes perfect sense:
A press release issued earlier in the day by Ignatieff's office had said only that the Liberal leader would be attending the Indian event; it did not say he'd be addressing the gathering. Liberal insiders maintained the release was ambiguous about Ignatieff's participation because they were concerned the PMO would block the Liberal leader from speaking.
The Liberals were ambigious because they KNOW what happened was ENTIRELY possible, given PAST incidents. Church and company know that we are dealing with a classless, childish, hyper-partisan bunch of zealots, anything is possible, and they PROVED IT AGAIN LAST NIGHT!
It was supposed to be a cultural "celebration", a non-partisan event, which in the grand scheme had ZERO impact on electoral prospects. Despite the benign nature of the event, the "Harper government" managed to mangle and warp, turn it into a schoolyard tug of war. It really is shameful when you realize we have such a low rent mentality operating, further evidence that politics in this country have found a new bottom, the "Harper government bottom". Class is the casualty, and any self respecting Conservative should agree....