Canadian news doesn't interest Prime Minister, prefers to watch American
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper caused controversy this week after telling Toronto business leaders that he prefers to watch American news programmes instead of Canadian.
On Wednesday, he told the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Convention that he watched "mainly American news" and suggested it was his hobby "to watch politics elsewhere". The Toronto Star says his "words ring true" in light of the interviews he's given to American broadcasters like Fox News and CNN.
Three of Harper's cabinet members, Jim Flaherty, Peter Kent and Tony Clement, questioned the veracity of his statement, stating they "assume" he must digest some Canadian news issues. But Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said "I think the prime minister is too busy to sit there being vainglorious and watching himself on TV."
|...if he actually likes Fox News better than Canadian news, then Canadians ought to be concerned.|
Political opponents were quick to draw attention to the admission by the Prime Minister, whom they claim has always had American interests at heart during his career.
The Star quoted NDP leader Jack Layton, stating "Perhaps if he watched Canadian news more often, he would understand the negative impact of his policies on Canadian families. And if he actually likes Fox News better than Canadian news, then Canadians ought to be concerned".
A statement released by the Prime Minister's Office clarified that Harper watched hockey on national networks, but took his news from American networks.
- "'News junkie' politicians question PM's claim he doesn't peek" — , October 23, 2009
- Tonda MacCharles. "If the news is Canadian, Harper's not watching" — , October 23, 2009
- Richard Madan. "PM no fan of Canadian news" — , October 23, 2009
- Josh Pringle. "PM Watches American News" — , October 23, 2009