The prime minister regrets
Today we learned that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be attending this year's annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner set for later in October.
The annual do has always been a must attend event and venerable tradition. Reporters and their MP dates are glittered to the nines and party leaders and the Governor General compete for laughs with what are usually hilarious (well ghost-written) speeches.
It is well known that the press and the prime minister aren't exactly the closest of friends, but to miss the annual dinner is a mighty snub indeed. Notice came in an e-mail to the press gallery president, Richard Brennan.
"Richard, the Prime Minister will be unable to attend the upcoming Press Gallery Dinner." It was signed with "kind regards, Sandra." Sandra Buckler is the director of communications in the prime minister's office.
Scarcely a couple hours elapsed before the press gallery received word that Michaëlle Jean will not attend either. A double blow.
NDP Leader leader Jack Layton has not yet confirmed his attendance, and it's been several years since Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe has gone to the dinner, this after one of his speeches was not well received.
The only confirmed speaker for the evening is Stéphane Dion. But, so far, the dinner is still going ahead as scheduled.
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