CBC’s Barton takes Elections Canada CEO Mayrand as date to Press Gallery Dinner

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The one event which I truly despise because it represents everything wrong with the relationships between the media and politicians they cover, is the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner.

The original concept could be explained as the Ottawa media holding out an olive branch to the people they hound daily in an effort to call a truce for one night a year but with the advent of cell phones and social media, has turned into a bizarre and gross spectacle (see here).

For good reason this used to be an event kept from the public’s eye yet now the politicians, bureaucrats and media who attend think nothing of blasting their drunken selfies across the internet.

I mean, what could possibly be construed as unethical in the minds of voters with the CEO of Elections Canada being the date of a CBC reporter?



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