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Mayes comments on media rhetoric 

The following is a column sent by the office of Tory MP Colin Mayes to nine B.C. newspapers on March 30. PoliticsWatch obtained this column from David Wylie, managing editor of the Vernon Daily Courier. The Courier did not publish Mayes' article.

Tory MP Colin Mayes 

(Ottawa: March 30, 2006) I was perturbed by media rhetoric regarding the relationship of Prime Minister Harper toward the media. What the Prime Minister has done is to inform the media that when he has something to say he will say it. 

The media has blatantly painted a picture that our government is not open and transparent. We were elected just two months ago to run the affairs of the country for the people, not to accommodate the media.

May I remind the media that they are a vital part of democracy. Their role is to communicate to citizens and by doing so keep elected representatives accountable.

We are asking for more accountability from those that have the public trust and we are asking for ethical leadership. We have recently witnessed corporate accountants and corporate executives in handcuffs being held accountable for breaking public trust in the investment world. Our government's first order of business will be to introduce the Federal Accountability Act that will prosecute elected and senior public servants that break the public trust in the political world. 

There is another group that has the public trust and that is the media. Not all media, politicians and business executives are bad. Boy, would the public get accurate and true information if a few reporters were hauled away to jail! Maybe it is time that we hauled off in handcuffs reporters that fabricate stories, or twist information and even falsely accuse citizens. We know this will never happen because the media would cry 'censorship', 'authoritarian state', and all would be aghast, but the truth is we need ethical leadership from the media too! 

Colin Mayes Member of Parliament Okanagan-Shuswap 

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