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Why Harper doesn’t care if the media like him

Prime Minister Stephen Harper runs tough, ‘take-no-prisoners’ style election campaigns, exactly the kind the media detests; he shuns in-depth interviews and he imposes savage message discipline on his caucus.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Here comes the boss: All of this at least partly explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have a toxic relationship with the much of the Canadian media. The point is, he doesn’t care if the media likes him or his strategy. Like any successful politician, Harper would rather win an election than a media popularity contest.

OAKVILLE, ONT.—If you’re a politician and you’re not making journalists angry, then odds are you’re doing something wrong.

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Why Harper doesn’t care if the media like him

Prime Minister Stephen Harper runs tough, ‘take-no-prisoners’ style election campaigns, exactly the kind the media detests; he shuns in-depth interviews and he imposes savage message discipline on his caucus.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Here comes the boss: All of this at least partly explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have a toxic relationship with the much of the Canadian media. The point is, he doesn’t care if the media likes him or his strategy. Like any successful politician, Harper would rather win an election than a media popularity contest.

OAKVILLE, ONT.—If you’re a politician and you’re not making journalists angry, then odds are you’re doing something wrong.

  
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Fourth of July party at U.S. ambassador's residence July 6, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The dance floor was packed all evening, as The Digs played an assortment of Motown tunes. Even the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards got in on the fun.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, joined by his wife, Vicki, and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and his wife, Arlene.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson addressing a tent full of diplomats early in the evening, with his wife Arlene and Mr. and Mrs. Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman getting down on the dance floor, as Donna Chevrier, owner of Ola Cocina restaurant, looks on.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman, joined onstage by their two daughters, Liza and Caroline.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bruce and Vicki Heyman testing out one of the vintage cars on display.

The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Cakes from Eli's Cheesecake were flown in from Chicago just for the event—salted caramel, chocolate chip and blackberry sour cream. Shockingly, no pie was served at these Fourth of July festivities.

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