While Justin Trudeau travels across the country on a taxpayer funded campaign blitz, he is taking care to keep opposition journalists far away from the action.
Trudeau had RCMP remove three journalists, including myself, from the press pool covering his meeting with Premier Jason Kenney. Any journalist that was a risk of asking a critical question was evicted.
What Albertans were left with was coverage from the CBC, which as you can see from the embedded tweet below, was very hard-hitting journalism.
Trudeau goes on the offensive in Calgary, defends Ottawa's climate strategy https://t.co/Aw3xwRaRP9 pic.twitter.com/am4nsKbUa8
— CBC Canadian News (@CBCCanada) July 7, 2021
It was not made clear what Trudeau and Kenney would be speaking about, but upon his arrival to the Fairmont Palliser I asked him if he would be requesting support to defend churches that have been hit by a massive terrorist blitz. Kenney did not answer as he was shuffled into an elevator.
Jason Kenney has just arrived at the Fairmont Palliser for his one-hour meeting with the Trudeau. He has not said what they will be speaking about. pic.twitter.com/WYWXxwHDnV
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) July 7, 2021
“It’s great to be back in Alberta, a great opportunity to sit down to chat with Jason,” Trudeau told approved journalists.
“The premier and I have had many, many, many, many calls over the past year-and-a-half because of the pandemic, but also on a broad range of things. It really has been a time where we’ve been working together as a federation,” he insisted.
Calgary’s left-wing mayor Naheed Nenshi was also in attendance, complementing Trudeau on his Build Back Better plan.
“You’ve been saying build back better and I’ve been saying I don’t want to go back to normal. I want to go back to better than normal. So I think we’re at a real moment of creation right now and I’m pretty excited about that,” he said.