Thursday, November 12, 2015

Canadaland skewers Mansbridge for attenting PMO communications director's wedding

The gadfly web page Canadaland skewers Peter Mansbridge for attending and speaking at the wedding of PMO communications director Kate purchase. Excerpts:
"Now here's the wedding video of Kate Purchase, Justin Trudeau's Director of Communications. At 3:30, a man who looks just like Peter Mansbridge appears to be officiating the ceremony.
"The CBC and Kate Purchase both confirm that Mansbridge is a close family friend of Purchase's, and that he attended her wedding in Italy.
When asked whether Mansbridge officiated the ceremony, both replied that he 'spoke' at the wedding.
"And both said this is no big deal. CBC's Head of Public Affairs Chuck Thomspson said, 'there was no conflict of interest' and Purchase said, 'we have always been very diligent in keeping our personal and private lives separate.'
"So does this mean that when Mansbridge wants exclusive access to the prime minister, Purchase has nothing to do with it? Nope. Both Purchase and the CBC told us she was involved in arranging the 'logistics' of the coverage."
The whole Canadaland story
(Mansbridge may have done nothing wrong but the optics are not good.-- ed)

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