A Conservative Party communications staffer is alleging that Ezra Levant's exclusive interview with Erin O'Toole published earlier today was “not an interview.”
The interview (read it here) was conducted in late December after revelations of an internal political battle between the Canadian Armed Forces and Trudeau’s foreign affairs staff over the CAF's decision to cancel a planned cold-weather warfare joint exercise with China.
And now, Erin O'Toole's Directory of Communications Melanie Paradis is using social media to deny the attribution of the interview to O'Toole.
“It was an email from a spokesperson in December”, explained Paradis to Justin Trudeau's close friend Gerry Butts, who called the interview a “giant leap backward”.
Paradis also responded (archived here) to a tweet from Andrew Coyne, stating that “There was no interview - it was an email from a spokesperson.”
“Yes, it was an email,” Paradis responded to another user who asked for confirmation after a third party alleged that “Levant published it to make look like an interview, pretending O'Toole wrote the answers himself.”
While Paradis is making the case against the interview on Twitter, the original emails posted by Ezra show that the interview — whose answers “can be attributed to Mr. O'Toole” — were through Press Secretary Chelsea Tucker.
Rebel Commander Ezra (you can follow him on Twitter at @EzraLevant) has been responding to the series of accusations, including one implying that our interview was “inaccurate”.
Read the FULL INTERVIEW here: Erin O’Toole “disappointed” China’s People’s Daily allowed in Parliamentary Press Gallery