These are difficult days for political journalism since politicians around the world have rarely been so guarded with their access and so controlling with information. CP/Justin Tang
The images in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's weekly video message (above) on his 24 Seven Youtube channel is the only record of Joe Oliver's swearing in as the new Finance Minister because the event was off limits to the media. It's the way the Prime Minister prefers to communicate with Canadians...with no interference from the Press Gallery.
Even back in 2006, the battle between the Prime Minister and the Press was evident. Here is Stephen Harper
delivering a statement in front of TV cameras, after a group of journalists left following an announcement
that Mr. Harper would not take questions in the foyer of the House of Commons. (CP/Fred Chartrand)
The increasing lack of access to the Prime Minister and government sources prompted the members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery to ignore restrictions set out by the government....and ask questions of the Prime Minister and other Parliamentarians at all photo opportunities.
Today, as part of our Eye on Media project, we're looking at this change in strategy by the press corps in Ottawa.
We reached out to the Prime Minister's Office for their response to this story, but they declined our request for an interview.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry and Josh Bloch.