hate student journalists
By Marshall Bellamy
Following his election call for Oct. 2, Ontario
Premier Ernie Eves made a campaign stop in London at Spencer
Hall where The Gazette was barred from entering by
the London Police Department.
"We too have been turned away at Ernie's
door - the people of Ontario have been turned away at Eves'
door," stated Sheila White, director of communications
for the New Democratic Party's campaign headquarters.
"Ernie Eves is the politics of us and
them," said Gerard Kennedy, MPP for Parkdale-High Park
and education critic for the Liberal Party. Kennedy said students
are against the notion of "them."
According to Kennedy, Eves and former premier
Mike Harris have a legacy of remaining hidden from the media
and other groups that might be critical towards them. Eves and
Harris did not set foot in schools because they did not feel
safe, he added.
"This Eves now is not the premier but
the Conservative leader who wants to get elected," Kennedy
said, adding he believes this is a contradiction since Eves
will want to be seen and heard by everyone during the election
but the PC Party will pick and choose who they want to deliver
their message to.
"We've been accused for our substance,"
White stated, saying the NDP does not spin doctor any of the
issues at hand but is open to debate and criticism from media
outlets and other interest groups, a quality that White said
the Tories and the Liberal parties lack in their election campaigns.
White said The Gazette would definitely
be allowed to attend any event attended by NDP leader Howard
Hampton in London.
"We are welcoming all kinds of [media]
outlets," Kennedy said when asked if the next Liberal event
in London with Dalton McGuinty will admit The Gazette.
Premier Eves could not be reached for comment
but a media representative at the PC Party campaign headquarters
apologized for the incident at Spencer Hall.