Those Conservative Party press conferences are really getting tense - 2015-08-19
The questions for Harper are getting more pointed on the campaign trail these days, despite a kind of choreography by the prime minister's "away team," designed to prevent them from being so.
When Bill Davis called the 1971 Ontario election, he stayed in the media studio for an hour to answer reporters' questions. Harper answered his traditional five questions then left. Davis had frequent and lengthy interactions with reporters every day on the hustings. Compare that to the operation employed by the current prime minister's team. There is one brief media availability whenever Harper is doing a campaign event, and then only five questions are permitted, and the prime minister's people decide who asks them. The other federal leaders do not employ such techniques, but rather take questions from whoever asks them and certainly take more than five questions per availability.