CP has kindly cleared up what happened after I pointed out their omission (see here) that Michel Audette, President of the Native Women’s Association is also a Liberal Party candidate:
In the interests of transparency, here is how that story evolved: The original story went through four ‘writethrus’ — versions that are updated as new info comes in. The last of those four didn’t include a mention of Audette. It moved just after 3pm ET.
The fifth writethru moved just after 5pm and by that time it appears we had comments from Audette that we reported like this:
Michele Audette, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said she was pleased with the meeting, adding that it’s important for the federal government to realize that the group’s call for a national inquiry has not gone away.
“The support is still there – even more so,” said Audette, who plans to seek the Liberal nomination for the Quebec riding of Manicouagan before the federal election next year.
So it appears that when Audette was first mentioned in our copy, her political ties were too. Earlier versions of the story that we sent don’t have her in the copy at all. As mentioned above, we can’t account for editing by clients.
I’m honestly glad you raise these issues, and I hope you take my response as honest and straightforward.
But now we have the CBC and Globe omitting Audette’s Liberal candidacy as well.
From Globe’s Jane Taber and Kathryn Blaze Carlson:
For Michèle Audette, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the premiers’ support for a national roundtable is crucial. The issue had not originally been on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting – but Tina’s death put it there, she said.
Ms. Audette says that having a “dialogue” with the federal government is important. “Right now it’s broken,” she says.
Ms. Audette and her colleagues will be sending an invitation to federal ministers as early as next week, emphasizing the support of the provincial premiers. The federal government, she says, can work with them in building the terms of reference. “We all have the same objective: more protection, safety, dignity, justice, but it’s the way we get there that are not the same.” (see here)
Even though the Globe ran a story about Audette meeting with Trdueau back in May (see here).
And where CBC’s Catherine Cullen quotes the VP of this group but doesn’t let the readers know about Audette:
The goal of a public inquiry should be to identify the factors causing these deaths and disappearances, so that they can be addressed, argues the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
In order to do that, as many as possible of the more than 1,000 documented cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women from the last 30 years should be explored, said Dawn Harvard, vice-president for the NWAC.
“In an ideal world I would say we should talk to all of the families, we should look at all of those women, because every one of those women was important and it was a tragic loss,” she said. Families of the missing, police, child welfare authorities and others could all be called as potential witnesses, she said. Topics like sexism, racism and poverty would all be relevant to the discussion.
Harvard wasn’t prepared to comment on limits for how long the inquiry should take or how broad a time frame it might examine, saying that would still have to be discussed. (see here)
Looking forward to hearing their reasons why.