Harper, Marois to meet Friday in Quebec City

Posted By: Canadian Press · 1/31/2013 2:14:00 PM

ESTEREL, Que. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with the premier of Quebec Friday. But they won't be holding a news
conference together.

That's because Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has refused to play along with the prime minister's rules for tightly controlled news conferences.

According to Marois' entourage, the prime minister's communications team proposed they follow the Ottawa practice of taking questions from just four journalists and asked for their names in advance.

Marois' office said no.

The leaders will instead make a joint statement before meeting privately in Quebec City Friday, then any public events will be held separately.

The custom of limiting the number of questions to several journalists, whose names have been agreed upon in advance, has been standard practice since Harper took office.

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