My interview with(out) Pierre Poilievre
If the interview had happened, I'd have asked these questions
“Will get back to you soon,” Pierre Poilievre’s press secretary wrote to me on May 12 when I asked for an interview with the Conservative leadership candidate.
That’s perfectly fair. Whether to grant an interview is always a tactical decision. Candidates are busy people. Nobody’s at any reporter’s beck and call.
But neither should I be expected to hold my breath forever. Here are some the questions I would like to ask the perceived front-runner for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership. If he sends me answers I’ll publish them.
1. Disappointing colleagues
After Conservative finance critic Ed Fast said your statements on the Bank of Canada “deeply troubled” him, you said, “Ed Fast and Jean Charest would have no problem firing a waitress or welder for not doing their jobs. But they won’t do the same for a big shot banker whose failures have cost our people a fortune.”
Ed Fast used to play keyboards in his daughters’ Christian rock band. He has been Canada’s minister of trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. You served in Cabinet with him for two years. The two of you ran as candidates for the same party in six consecutive elections under three consecutive leaders over 16 years. When did you decide he’s a class traitor?