Sunday, November 08, 2009

Peter Van Loan's "recent days"


On Thursday, a reporter doggedly tried to wring from Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan exactly how long he sat on the RCMP's Firearms Commissioner's Report in favour of keeping the long-gun registry so that MPs would not have that info prior to passing the bill to scrap it. The report was released two days after the vote.
I've omitted PVL's initial 12 responses here as they bore no relation to the question asked but the entire interview is a quite extraordinary read:
"How long have you had the report from the Commissioner of Firearms?
How long have you had it?
So how long have you had it?
How long have you had it?
How long have you had the Commissioner of Firearms report?
How long have you had the Firearms Commissioner's report, sir?
This isn't a news conference, these are questions. How long have you had the Firearms report?
We're asking you a question. How long have you had this report?
How long have you had it?
Has it been weeks?
How long have you had this report?
How many days?
Peter Van Loan: It's - I received it and looked at just recently, in recent days."
"Responding by email to questions from the Star, RCMP Sgt. Greg Cox said late Friday the force submitted its 2008 firearms report on Oct. 9, four weeks ago."
As the dogged reporter - who was that woman? - put it : "That was totally useless. Thank you."
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2 comments:

Lindsay Stewart said...

Peter Van Loan - Minister of Total Uselessness

West End Bob said...

Somewhere over the weekend I heard the audio of that exchange.

The female reporter was tenacious, got to give her credit.

She was right in her analysis, also: "totally useless" . . . .

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