In a great run-down on ex-Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty’s gas plant scandal and the subsequent released Liberal-insider’s emails by the Globe and Mail’s Karen Howlett, comes this juicy tidbit:
Minutes after Mr. McGuinty made his surprise announcement that he was proroguing the legislature and stepping down after nine years in office, The Canadian Press’s Ottawa bureau broke the story that he was planning a jump to federal politics. In the immediate aftermath, the leak helped divert attention from the controversial shutdown of the legislature, including committee hearings.
Five days later, Mr. McGuinty’s advisers hatched plans on how to handle his resignation. Mr. Guy talked about keeping the federal leadership story alive for a bit longer.
“I think we also leak tomorrow that the Premier has been taking calls this weekend and is discussing the leadership with his family with an intention of making a decision early this week,” he says in an e-mail on Oct. 20.
At the same time, however, Mr. Morley was discussing plans for killing the story. Shortly before Mr. McGuinty is interviewed by television host Steve Paikin next Tuesday, he says, they should give the story to CP reporter Joan Bryden – who got the initial leak – that the premier has decided against running federally.
“She’s been promised the story either way the decision goes, so he can’t blurt it out in a scrum,” he says.
CP reported last Oct. 23 that Mr. McGuinty wouldn’t be challenging Justin Trudeau after all. (see here)
Keep in mind the Media Party freak-out when it was found out that the PMO kept a list of reporters that were unfriendly to the Conservative government like the Star’s Susan Delacourt who wrote 4 straight pieces on it plus was referenced in an editorial (see here).
Just don’t expect the same outrage from Delacourt on Bryden being exposed as a fellow Liberal media conduit.
Also: See earlier post from April 2011 where I catch Bryden getting leaked an Auditor General report’s 1st draft so she can use it to damage the Conservatives here
Update: The story handed to CP reporter Keith Leslie from the Ontario Liberals to smear Hudak’s wife here
h/t Sun News’ Lorrie Goldstein
Update: CP is feeling the heat as their Ottawa Bureau Chief is out defending Bryden