OTTAWA, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is
undermining Canada's democratic process by not responding to basic
questions put to him by Canada's journalists.
"Canadians get their information about the activities of government
through the professional work of journalists. When elected politicians
refuse to answer - they are snubbing their nose at citizens and
democracy," says Peter Murdoch, Vice-President Media of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Canada's media union.
In the wake of the Senate expense scandal, which in the past week has
cost Mr. Harper two members of his upper chamber caucus, CEP is calling
on the prime minister to answer Canadians' questions.
"We don't expect full revelation on personal matters, but on issues of
government there has to be accountability. And the best route for that
is through the media.
"We are calling on Mr. Harper to stop the muzzling and the double talk
and to answer openly to Canadians, through their reliable media, the
multiple questions being asked by journalists of every stripe."
CEP represents journalists at both newspapers and broadcasters.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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