Scrum Wars: The Prime Ministers and the Media by Allan Levine

By Allan Levine

Just like the scrum -- a beleaguered politican surrounded via jockeying newshounds -- is primary to our conception of Ottawa. the trendy scrum begun with the coming of tv, yet even in Sir John A. Macdonald's day, a century prior, journalists within the parliamentary press gallery had waited outdoors the major minister's place of work, pen in hand, hoping for a quote for the subsequent variation. The scrum represents the attempt of wills, the competition of wits, and the conflict for keep watch over that experience characterised the connection among Canadian leading ministers and reporters for greater than a hundred twenty five years. Scrum Wars chronicles this courting. it really is an anecdotal in addition to analytical account, displaying how prior leading ministers like Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier have been capable of workout regulate over what was once written approximately their directors, whereas more moderen leaders like John Diefenbaker, Joe Clark, John Turner, and Brian Mulroney usually discovered themselves on the mercy of excessive media scrutiny and remark.

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Waite, Arduous Destiny, 205-7) Party Organs 25 law, but opted for a career in journalism. He joined the staff of the Owen Sound Times, the weekly Conservative paper, which he eventually took over in the mid-1870s. Politically ambitious as well, he won a seat as a Conservative in the Ontario legislature in 1875, holding it for the next fifteen years. Creighton was so popular that he claimed his election expenses never exceeded $75. 26 In short, he possessed all the qualifications necessary to become the managing editor of Macdonald's new Toronto daily newspaper.

To anyone who would listen, Macdonald pleaded his case. H. McGuire of Kingston. "I have spared no pains to endeavor to induce Bunting to alter his course, but without success. "20 To assist William Meredith, the leader of the Ontario Conservatives, who was facing a vote at the end of December 1886, and to boost his own fortunes for the coming federal election in February of the new year, Macdonald, now seventy-one years of age, toured southern and western Ontario for seven weeks. With Meredith and chief ministers John Thompson and Thomas White also on board, the prime minister's train departed Toronto on November 3.

30 With his rural, country-editor demeanour, as well as his habit of walking around the bare wooden floors of the newspaper office in his socks, Creighton put his staff to work. The Empire's first edition came out on the morning of December 27, 1887. " The paper's first editorials highlighted the internal strife of the Liberal trade policy and declared the Empire's unquestioning support for the National Policy - a platform, in the newspaper's view, that had made Canada the greatest, happiest, and most prosperous country on earth.

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