Monday, October 15, 2007

Oh, no, no, no, Sandra. You planned it, but you got caught.

Lesson for Sandra Buckler. We like living in a free and open society. If your efforts to impose media control don't work, it's your fault. The media may be lazy but you've given them a good reason to get off their collective asses and start doing their job.
The Prime Minister's Office has no plans to build a government-controlled briefing room, which would supplant the current National Press Theatre.

A news report on Monday said a plan, with an estimated cost of $2 million, has been in the works since at least last year.

The Privy Council Office and the PMO have been working on the "special project for the PM, otherwise reffered (sic) as the Shoe Store Project," said the documents obtained by the Toronto Star under the Access to Information Act.

But Sandra Buckler, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's director of communications, told The Canadian Press "there are no plans to pursue'' such a centre.

Officials were to have renovated an old shoe store, located near the PMO and PCO in Langevin Block, "for the possible use of the PM."

The "dedicated press availability facility" is part of plans to "put in place robust physical and information security measures to protect the Prime Minister and Cabinet," stated one document obtained by the newspaper.

Oh, yes you did. You planned it, you intended it and you expected it to work.

Tonda MacCharles, who first reported the story said she requested the documents about a year ago and received them late Thursday night.

"There was nothing in there that indicated that the project was not going to go ahead and ... today the Prime Minister's Office is saying they're not pursuing it," MacCharles told CTV Newsnet's Mike Duffy Live.

Yeah? I don't believe it for a minute.

Sandra, you're a liar.

You and me, baby. Single combat. I'll defend democracy and freedom of information and you can defend that little slimeball who thought he could get away with it.

You and me, Sandra. Any open field. Pick your weapon.

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