Just minutes ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper’s Consverative government was voted to be in contempt of Parliment.
The Toronto Star and The National Post are both offering live coverage of the House of Commons non-confidence showdown in Ottawa using ScribbleLive. As the House voted 156-145, marking the government in contempt of Parliament, both papers’ captured the energy in the room by pulling in posts from various reporters on the scene and posting photos of the throngs surrounding Harper as he prepares for his initial comments. Trying to follow the #cdnpoli hashtag on Twitter brings back tons of uninteresting tweets. The Post and the Star cut through the chaff and bring out the best insights:
From CBC reporter Kady O’Malley:
“I don’t really understand why the PM keeps referring to the budget in the present tense. Oh, there, he just switched to the past. #hw”
And TVO reporter Steve Paikin:
“Papers go flying in the air. House adjourned. This parl is done. #cdnpoli”
And from Toronto Star reporter Joanna Smith:
“Harper turned & left after saying he would take questions after visiting GG tomorrow. Much yelling, someone shouted “He’s gone!” #cdnpoli”
You can almost hear the collective rush of reporters racing to get the news out. Anyone watching live knew the results instantly.