Indigenous leaders from around Saskatchewan gathered near Meadow Lake this week for the annual summit of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the main speakers, but from what I saw, he didn't get a warm reception from the indigenous leaders — and certainly not from the indigenous protestors who'd gathered outside.
As for me, I was there to cover the event, but someone tried to make my job difficult:
The former head of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and current high-level PMO staffer, Terry Guillon, who, as you'll see in the video, body checked me and my equipment.
After following me around the venue, Guillon grabbed my bicep and yanked me because I was "in the way" of his colleague's camera.
I'm fine, obviously. The only thing damaged was my fragile camera mount gimbal.
I still am concerned, though, about the culture that has been established by the Prime Minister and his staff.
If Trudeau's staffers are brazen enough to assault me while a camera is rolling, what will they do to younger, smaller female reporters?
His staff have clearly learned from their boss.
(September 4, 2019) — Following an investigation into a Meadow Lake assault, RCMP have forwarded the file against Terry Guillon to Crown prosecutors. FULL STORY