Harper's northern tour ends with media tussle
RAGLAND MINE, Que. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's tour of the North ended today with a dust-up involving a Chinese journalist who was prevented from asking a question about rules surrounding foreign takeovers.
Li Xue Jiang of the People's Daily, China's largest newspaper, has been following the week-long tour.
The Prime Minister's Office limits the number of questions during public events and other journalists on the tour offered Li the opportunity to query Harper.
When staff did not recognize him, Li tried to take the microphone, triggering a tussle that ended with him being hauled to the back of the room by RCMP security staff.
The incident took place at the end of an event at the Ragland Mine in northern Quebec, where Harper was lauding a renewable energy project funded by the federal government.
Opposition New Democrats have dismissed Harper's tour of the region as little more than a taxpayer-funded photo-op.