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Harper sticks to tight script, media more aggressive, tension 'more intense' following prime minister on campaign trail

The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

Photo courtesy of the Conservative Party of Canada
Hello Newfoundland: PM Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, centre, pictured on March 31 in St. John's, Nfld., following a rally with supporters.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

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Harper sticks to tight script, media more aggressive, tension 'more intense' following prime minister on campaign trail

The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

Photo courtesy of the Conservative Party of Canada
Hello Newfoundland: PM Stephen Harper, his wife Laureen, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, centre, pictured on March 31 in St. John's, Nfld., following a rally with supporters.

PARLIAMENT HILL—The strongman image Prime Minister Stephen Harper is displaying in his control over media availability and script control on his campaign tour was unpopular on Twitter Thursday— but by design or not it may benefit him on voting day.

  

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HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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