How an Ugly Feud Between Two Reporters Might Change Parliament's Press Gallery Forever
How an Ugly Feud Between Two Reporters Might Change Parliament’s Press Gallery Forever
"Do you have a case you can cite as the reason why you launched this? Is there anything that's happened?" asked Carol Off on yesterday's As It Happens, in an interview with Press Gallery President and CBC News politics writer Laura Payton. "No." answered Payton. CANADALAND has learned that this is not accurate.

Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery yesterday called each other “jerks,” “fascists,” “bonkers,” and possibly “fascist jerk-bonkers” (unconfirmed) over a proposal introduced late Friday afternoon by their Executive Committee.

Under the proposal to reform Press Gallery rules, any journalist could be suspended or expelled from Parliament Hill if a secret committee of their peers upholds a complaint about them submitted by just about anyone: a politician, a federal employee, a private citizen or a fellow journalist. Complaints that would qualify include “sexual harassment,” “threats of violence,” and “violence,” which all seem reasonable enough, but the list also includes “intimidation” and “personal harassment.”

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