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Clark campaign skipped scheduled media availability

Liberal leadership candidate and broadcaster Christy Clark failed to follow through on a media availability her campaign team scheduled today.

An announcement sent this morning said Clark would mainstreet with Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong “as a show of support.” Chong is facing a recall campaign in her Oak Bay-Gordon Head constituency.

The event was to start at a neighbourhood pub at 2 p.m. with “media availability to follow at 3 p.m. at Monterey Centre,” according to an advisory the campaign sent this morning. A former cabinet minister, Clark stepped out of politics in 2005 and worked as a talk radio host at CKNW starting in 2007.

While Clark spoke to some reporters after arriving at the pub today—musing on calling a snap election and backing off her call to scrap the province-wide vote on the HST, according to tweets—the availability at the Monterey Centre, where three reporters and a columnist were waiting, never happened.

Asked for an explanation, a Clark campaign worker said by email, “We did big media avail earlier than scheduled.” He offered to set up a phone call instead.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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