Denial of access

Conservative party denies convention accreditation to The Breach

The Conservative Party of Canada denied accreditation to cover its annual convention to independent progressive media outlet The Breach. 

Martin Lukacs, managing editor for The Breach, had applied for accreditation to cover the convention in Québec City. The CPC did not give a reason for denying the accreditation, reported The Breach, which argued that the denial “appears to be a retaliation for (its) coverage of the Conservative leader.”

The Breach was one of several publications whose accreditation to the Québec City conference was denied.

The CPC’s director of communications suggested to several publications that they could apply for “observer” status – which, The Breach publisher Dru Oja Jay noted in an interview with Le Devoir, would have cost $1,700.