News Analysis Nov 19, 2020 7:47 PM EST

CBC journalist falsely attacks Pierre Poilievre's wife Anaida over nepotism in dodgy smear

CBC journalist Ashley Burke falsely accused the Poilievre family of nepotism in a press conference today in Ottawa.

CBC journalist falsely attacks Pierre Poilievre's wife Anaida over nepotism in dodgy smear
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC
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CBC journalist Ashley Burke falsely accused the Poilievre family of nepotism in a press conference today in Ottawa. This was an attempt to equate the practices of Conservative MP Michael Cooper to that of a Liberal MP who had hired her sister.

What this CBC journalist failed to mention, however, was that Anaida Poilievre had been working in parliament long before she married the shadow Finance Minister. In fact, Mrs. Poilievre took her position on Parliament Hill in 2008; going on to marry Pierre in 2017.

As a result of this, her relationship with Pierre Poilievre was clearly not the reason for her hiring.

All of these facts could have been easily discovered through a ten-minute Google search, yet the CBC journalist failed to fact-check her question before she slandered Mrs. Poilievre on national television.

Worse still, the CBC revel in sanctimony when it comes to journalist practices. Yet when it comes to being truthful about Conservatives, these rules seem not to apply.

In a statement on Twitter, Anaida Poilievre accused the CBC journalist of "poor journalism."

Mrs. Poilievre then went on to recount her career path: "I applied for a job in the Senate, and after a rigorous interview process through Senate Human Resources, I got a one-month contract with Independent Senator Marcel Prud'homme. I worked really hard and he renewed my contract."

"Since then, I have worked for numerous Senators and moved up, continued Mrs. Poilievre. "I worked for the Government Whip in the Senate and the Leader in the Senate. All prior to my marriage to Pierre Poilievre."

"I am proud of my 10+ years in politics, but the CBC thinks I should be fired because of the person I chose to marry," she concluded.

The CBC journalist has not yet made a public comment on the matter.

Mrs. Poilievre received support on social media, with one former co-worker saying "she earned her jobs with hard work and talent."

Pierre Poilievre also chimed in and said that his wife was a "self-made woman who fought for all she has. She made it on merit."

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