LILLEY: Parliament Hill journalists gaze at their navels as B.C. floods
The idea that there are no stupid questions was proven false again on Wednesday by a group of out-of-touch journalists on Parliament Hill.
He went on to thank Bill Blair, the minister for emergency preparedness in the Trudeau government, for hosting a number of B.C. MPs at a briefing on the federal response to the flooding. He thanked Minister Blair for his work while also speaking of the evacuations of thousands taking place in B.C. and the worry of looming food shortages.
“All of the major roadways in British Columbia are destroyed. We don’t have rail infrastructure right now,” Vis said.
The followup question apparently came from someone who either didn’t hear a word Vis had just said or didn’t care.
“Right now, my only focus is on supporting the people of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon in British Columbia. There’s no time for partisan politics. Right now, there’s only time to support British Columbia and get people safe. That should be your only question right now,” Vis said.
He went on to point out the Port of Vancouver — Canada’s busiest — is cut off from the rest of the country, so goods can’t come in and they can’t go out.
You would think a journalist covering public policy in the nation’s capital would ask about this, or how Vis and other Conservatives would work with the Liberals to help B.C.
You might think that, but you’d be wrong.
“Do you attribute this to climate change?” was the next question.
The only reason to ask that question at that point in time would be to try to paint Vis, or other Conservatives, as climate change deniers. It was as boneheaded and tone-deaf as the first several questions.