September 5, 2003  
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NEWS

Tories hate student journalists

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

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.

 

 

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