Most politicians never met a publicity opportunity they didn’t love.
So it’s always a little eyebrow raising when politicians hold events that aren’t publicized. We get a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office every afternoon about Stephen Harper’s planned events for the following day.
Yesterday’s notice, sent around 4:30 p.m. ET, noted Harper would be in Winnipeg today for a roundtable at Muddruckers in Charleswood. After that, he and Laureen Harper will be leaving for Korea from Winnipeg.
Photo ops only.
No mention anywhere of a stop in Winnipeg North.
But knowing he was in the city, I asked one of his aides if he would be going to Winnipeg North. The aide answered the question I asked about the topic of the roundtable but ignored completely the question about Winnipeg North.
Turns out Harper was probably already in the riding when the aide responded to my email.
A video of his stop was emailed to the Pundits Guide (www.punditsguide.ca) this morning -- you can see the video below.
But the visit was kept quiet and it doesn’t appear that any local media picked it up.
When you’re trying to win an election it is a little bizarre not to want media attention. Granted it is a byelection, which is more local than a general election. But campaigning under the radar is still kind of strange to me.