Yesterday, Gordon Campbell said the media was partially responsible for his present political predicament but later denied blaming the media for his woes. Speaking with CKNW's Sean Leslie, the premier told the talk show host one of the reasons why British Columbians don't believe the harmonized sales tax wasn't on the government radar before the last election is "because a number of your colleagues said that we must have known beforehand. We didn't. In fact, they said that without one shred of information that suggested that I was involved in any discussions on any matter with regard to the HST prior to the election - and I wasn't. I think just common decency says to people at least you should look for matters of proof like this as you're reaching these conclusions. Some of your colleagues didn't."
But when asked by Mr. Leslie whether he was blaming the media, the premier said, "I didn't say that did I Sean? What I said was there's not a shred of information to suggest that I had any discussions with anything at any time with regard to the HST, prior to the election - not a shred. All I'm doing is telling people the truth about what took place. I'm going to continue to do that and I think, frankly, if people look at the facts they will know that I've been telling them the truth all along with regard to it."