The Conservative Party says there was nothing wrong with the treatment received by a CKNW reporter at an event in Richmond yesterday afternoon.
A party spokesman says campaign workers who escorted reporter Shelby Thom out of a building following a Stephen Harper rally never stopped her from speaking to people in the audience.
The campaign spokesman says Thom was asked to leave and escorted out because workers were starting to take apart the sound system and other equipment, and also suggests the reporter was being overly sensitive.
Thom maintains she was escorted out before she got her questions in.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his first stop in B.C. since the election campaign kicked off Tuesday night in Richmond.
Earlier in the day, he claimed the majority of Canadians agree with his opposition to legalizing marijuana, despite government polling showing otherwise.
After his speech touting his party’s accomplishments, party supporters were asked by Thom if they support legalizing cannabis.
Thom says her interviews were cut short, as she was escorted out of the Pacific Gateway Hotel by campaign staffers and advised the rally was over.
“My interviews inside were interrupted twice and I was escorted out . There were still dozens of people in the room mulling about that I wanted to talk to. I was the only one escorted out in such a fashion.”
The Harper relationship with media has not always been an easy one, with questions and access often limited.
Last week an Ontario reporter claimed she was denied access to a rally because she missed the security protocol window.
Until recently, rally attendees were banned from using social media during Harper’s rallies.
Staffers also screen rally participants ahead of time.