Stephen Harper's new video magazine plans to keep Canadians in the know

PM Stephen Harper. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

PM Stephen Harper. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hoping to keep Canadians "in the know" with a new video magazine called 24 Seven, but some see it as a way to avoid the media and control the message.

The video is "a week in the life of the prime minister and more," the female narrator says.

The first video covers Harper's visit with seniors over the holidays, discussing trade with the Vancouver Board of Trade, hitting the Trans Canada Trail with his wife, and his trip to Inuvik, N.W.T.

The video does not feature two climate change protesters who got on stage at the Vancouver Board of Trade meeting and were just a few feet away from the prime minister before they were removed.

The video ends with John Baird announcing the appointment of Canada's new ambassador to Israel.

Harper tweeted about the new project late Thursday.

But some who responded on Twitter had a laugh at the prime minister's expense.

"Hosted by Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin?" user @notyetinuse wrote, mentioning two former broadcasters-turned-senators who are currently suspended following an expenses scandal.

Another user accused Harper of using the video as a way to skip the media.

Harper has been criticized in the past by some media outlets for preventing reporters from entering speaking events and photo ops.


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