Stephen Harper might not be coming this year, and while you might think that declining the invitation is not newsworthy, to the PPG, it's a slap in the face:
The prime minister may snub the annual Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner this fall, a move he's considering in order to register his displeasure with an ongoing disagreement his office has with Parliament Hill journalists over the way his press conferences ought to be conducted.
CTV News has learned that Stephen Harper plans to tell his caucus at a future meeting that he will not attend the dinner, to be held Nov. 25 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que.
He will not insist that other caucus members boycott the Press Gallery dinner but many Conservative MPs and nearly all cabinet ministers are expected not to attend the dinner to show solidarity with their boss.
A senior official with the Prime Minister's Office would not confirm that Harper will snub the press gallery, saying only that "his schedule is not set that far out."
Can you think a less newsworthy item for the coverage it's getting? Well, other than the gossip about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The electorate will not care one way or another whether Stephen Harper goes to the PPG dinner or bowling that night. But PPG will, and they'll be even crankier towards him for a while because of it.
All over a black-tie rubber-chicken affair.
Source: CTV News