Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Club Sends Notice Barring Reporters from Stephen Harper Speech

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Club Sends Notice Barring Reporters from Stephen Harper Speech

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Club bans reporters from Harper event


OTTAWA - The news media has been uninvited to a speech by Stephen Harper on Thursday, underscoring the apparent antipathy the former prime minister continues to harbour in private life towards the Canadian press corps.

Harper is to address the Canadian Club of Toronto, which had previously invited reporters to cover the event. But the club sent out a notice to the media Wednesday saying the invitation had been sent in error.

"The Canadian Club of Toronto would like to apologize for inviting the media to our event with The Right Honourable Stephen Harper. This is a closed event. The previous media advisories were sent in error," said the notice.

Colleen Kennedy, the club's executive director, said the event was always considered private and that her organization should not have sent out an invitation for the media to cover it.

Harper is plugging a new book, "Right Here, Right Now," in which he addresses how conservatives should tackle the challenge of rising populism since the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.

Harper spoke to a series of American media outlets earlier in the week to promote his book.

During his near decade in power, Harper's office had an acrimonious relationship with the national media. He distrusted reporters' motives and his office tightly controlled access to his ministers, foreign diplomats and senior public servants.

Harper's book argues that the forces that propelled Trump to power can't be ignored by political leaders, and that conservatives need to find practical ways to bridge the disconnect and distrust separating working people and those who govern them.

The message is similar to the one Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made in numerous speeches but Harper draws a sharp partisan distinction, arguing that "a pragmatic conservative approach to market-oriented economics" is the best way to deal with the current disruption. …

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