Just Report Balloon Trips Premier Asks
Special Editorial Section
by Barrie Zwicker
MONTREAL — A journalistic tendency to turn politicians' trial
balloons into hard assertions was criticized by Saskatchewan premier
Allan Blakeney at the national seminar on the press and the
Blakeney did not use the phrase "trial balloon."
He said politicians must "throw out ideas that are not palatable" to
large segments of their electorates. "Trade unions based on linguistic
grounds" was one idea among several he cited which he had raised
publicly but which he did not personally endorse.
Terming his suggestion "a narrow plea," Blakeney
said it is unfair when a politician raising questions in public about
courses of action is "reported as advocating" those courses of action.
"My plea is for a fair amount of precision," the
former Rhodes Scholar said.
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