Jason Fekete reports in this morning's Ottawa Citizen that the Harper government is stepping up its war on the Parliamentary Press Gallery:
The federal Conservative party continues to fire off fundraising emails to its donors attacking the “Ottawa media elite,” as it looks to snare donations from its members.
The latest missive came Tuesday in an email from Jaime Girard, the director of fundraising and membership for the Conservative Party of Canada, which asked members for $25 donations to help fight Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, who are relying on their “big donors.”
The Liberals are looking to “undo everything we’ve worked so hard to achieve,” the email says, arguing Trudeau is getting help from the parliamentary press gallery in Ottawa.
These are the same reporters Stephen Harper used to go to behind Preston Manning's back to voice his dissatisfaction with Mr. Manning. Now those reporters are -- according to the Harperites -- working undercover for Justin Trudeau:
“The Liberals and their allies in the Ottawa media are trying to build a grand story around Justin Trudeau. They want Canadians to believe he has all the momentum. And they hope that if they repeat it often enough, people will believe it.”
It's all of a piece. So many of Mr. Harper's former allies are now his enemies. You have to wonder just how many friends he has left.