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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.

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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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Monday, February 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

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Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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