Earlier, we reported the provincial government would be delivering a technical briefing concerning its controversial decision to increase the maximum payable salaries for deputy and assistant deputy ministers. That 90 minute briefing took place at 10:00. But there was concern from some members of the press gallery that the briefing was conducted on a not-for-attribution basis. In fact, reporters weren't even allowed to tape the meeting. And the government appears to also be limiting its exposure by offering reporters one-on-one interviews with Premier Gordon Campbell regarding the matter, rather than holding a press conference - which could result in more aggressive questions from the media.
September 22, 2008