Federal sport minister Bal Gosal was at the 47th Vanier Cup — a Canadian football game like no other — but not Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Harper was in Vancouver earlier Nov. 25 to commemorate the renovations at Science World. He was protested there by members of Occupy Vancouver.
Someone at the McMaster versus Laval epic evidently wanted to remind fellow Canadians of Harper’s habit of limiting the number of questions he takes from reporters at news conferences. His handlers also pre-screen questions, though us crafty journalists try to avoid that problem by adding a second, so-called “dirty” question when it’s our turn.
I spotted this sign inside Gate H at B.C. Place on Nov. 26, near garbage cans that were used during the previous night’s Vanier Cup. It says “I want a Prime Minister that’s not afraid of live questions from reporters.”
The glum, downbeat musical score and impersonal nature of the creative was off-putting, to say the least. Then again, maybe Canada’s spy agency really bears no resemblance to the jet-setting, womanizing and martini-drinking lifestyle of spies from the James Bond flicks.
News and views on Vancouver 2010 (and beyond) from Bob Mackin.