Canada Couillard lambastes media over cabinet coverage

08:47  13 october  2017
08:47  13 october  2017 Source:   MSN

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  Quebec’s premier seeking younger image for party ahead of next shuffle One of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard's main challenges as he prepares for his next cabinet shuffle will be to give his greying party a more youthful air. Couillard, who is said to be contemplating a shuffle in the coming days, leads a team that is more golden-aged than school-aged.According to data compiled by The Canadian Press, more than a third of his cabinet ministers are over the age of 60, and over half are 55-plus.Only five of 26 cabinet ministers, or 19 per cent, are under the age of 50.

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Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard couldn't hide his frustration on Thursday about the seemingly unfavourable media coverage surrounding his cabinet shuffle.

Couillard wasn't having it as he was asked by reporters about why only one member of his previous cabinet was left off the new team announced Wednesday.

Rita de Santis was dropped from cabinet as Couillard added six new faces while tinkering with the responsibilities of nine other ministers.

He defended the choice, pushing the combination of youth and experience in the face of numerous worldwide challenges.

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But the majority of the senior cabinet ministers — education, justice, health, and finance among them — all kept their posts.

Couillard lashed out at reporters asking him about the makeup of his cabinet, suggesting the media were out for blood.

"What is it you want, you folks in the media?," he said. "You're looking for a pound of flesh? A little blood on the table? Is that what you're interested in? You want human drama. Is that what excites you a bit? You want (to write) nice articles on that?"

"I prefer to talk about people's competency... If it's a demotion contest, I'm not playing this game. I'm playing at construction."

The opposition has claimed that Couillard's Liberals are worn out a year away from the provincial election next October.

The Parti Quebecois has said nothing changed with the shuffle, given that 92 per cent of the government's budget remains in the hands of the same ministers.

Far too soon to waste time predicting the next PM: Watt .
There are still two years to go until the next federal election, but last week media outlets and polling firms began releasing polls and prognosticating about who the next prime minister of Canada will be.Horse race journalism is once again the order of the day, even though the horse race is meaningless this far out from an election.Needless to say, a lot can and will change in two years — especially in politics. “Political pundit” might as well be a euphemism for fortune teller.That said, it seems that while horse race journalism may sell, it also may play a negative role in our politics for a number of reasons.

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