The Canadian government has barred People’s Daily and Xinhua reporters from joining the Prime Minister on his annual Arctic tour coming up this month, citing an instance of “bad behavior” on a previous trip, the Toronto Sun relays.
The PMO accused Li Xue Jiang from the People’s Daily of “bad behaviour” during last year’s Arctic trip and said that this year, Li, as well as reporters from the China state-run Xinhua news agency, couldn’t come.
Li, who’s based in Ottawa, had pushed one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s staff members as he was trying to ask a question during last year’s tour, a move which he has since apologized for but also offered a truly sound explanation for:
“She pushed me first,” he said. “She grabbed me several times, so that’s why I pushed her.”
This year, Harper and his guests from the Press Gallery will be visiting the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut from August 20 to August 26, sans PD and Xinhua representatives.
“We wouldn’t accept that kind of behavior from anyone in the Press Gallery,” a senior Canadian government official told QMI Agency earlier this week.
But that’s okay because Li didn’t want to go on that stupid ol’ trip anyway.
“I didn’t even apply,” Li told reporters from his office in Ottawa. “We paid a lot of money last year and we were treated unfairly. I made up my mind, I will never go again.”