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Canada's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment Michelle Rempel speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 4, 2013.CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters

The Conservative Party pulled out of popular political talk shows on CBC and CTV on Friday in what appears to be a response to heavy news coverage of the Senate expenses story.

The hosts of CBC's Power and Politics and CTV's Power Play – two competing programs that feature commentary and political panels – both announced that Conservative MPs cancelled their appearances at the last minute.

CBC and CTV did not comment when asked about it by The Globe and Mail. Neither did the Prime Minister's Office, the Conservative Party or Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, who was scheduled to appear on both shows.