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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny shake hands outside Farmleigh House In Dublin on June 16, 2013. On Sunday, Mr. Harper ruled out arming the Syrian rebels.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny shake hands outside Farmleigh House In Dublin on June 16, 2013. On Sunday, Mr. Harper ruled out arming the Syrian rebels.
(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Inside the very limited access the Harper government gives to reporters

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To an outside observer, it must have seemed terribly insensitive: When Prime Minister Stephen Harper called a press conference in Calgary to comment on a train derailment in Quebec where many lives were lost, reporters chose to question him about a spending scandal in the Senate.