The Conservative Party leader pointed out that he had simply been citing government and media reports at the time, and slammed the reporter for suggesting that he had handled the situation inappropriately. He noted that the outlet the reporter worked for had to correct their headlines multiple times as the story of the deadly car crash developed.
"Do you think it was responsible for you to call yesterday's explosion ... terrorism when no US or Canadian authorities said that was the case, and when the New York governor also said there was no evidence to suggest terrorism activity?" the reporter asked.
Poilievre not only shut her down, he turned the tables and pointed out that her employer, the Canadian Press, had to make three corrections in a single article they put out about the situation.
"I think that might be unprecedented," he said, joking about "checking with the Guinness Book of World Records" to see if a news agency had ever fumbled a story that badly.
"Now you've made yet another falsehood in your question," he continued. "Where you're wrong is that CTV reported that the government of Canada was presuming that the incident was terrorist, and that's what I said in my remarks."
Poilievre emphasized the fact that while speaking in the House of Commons, he had explicitly said there were "media reports" claiming it was terrorism, and that he hadn't jumped to that conclusionn himself.
The two went back and forth, with the leader of the opposition asking the reporter if she thought CTV was therefore responsible for its initial reporting.
When she failed to answer, he said, "I just hope you're not gonna print something that you're gonna have to apologize for again."
In the hours after the explosion, assessments determined that the explosion was not an act of terrorism, however exactly what led up to the fiery crash remains unclear. Eyewitness reports said that the Bentley was traveling at high speeds before the crash.
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