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The Prime Minister invited media to the ranch of Senator Gerry St Germain but declined to allow reporters to ask any questions on Monday.
The event was to wish St Germain well as he retires as a Senator this fall.
"Gerry as you know one of the few Canadians , few British Columbians, to have sat in both houses of parliament even before that he had a long career of public service as a police officer as a fighter pilot."
The Prime Minister Stephen Harper used the rest of his speech to pump up the Tory faithful.
"And last year we won a strong, stable, national majority Conservative government."
Order of Canada recipient, former MP and journalist Simma Holt wasn't fan of the Prime Minister ducking reporters.
"Well I don't like any restrictions on media having been media and still media at heart."
Stephen Harper is expected to hold another media even Tuesday in the lower mainland in which reporters will be allowed to ask questions.