Mr. Harper defers to his staff.
“The staff runs our campaigns and I can’t comment on individual matters like that,” he said.
Michael Ignatieff criticizes and draws a comparison.
“I just think when you get to a situation where people can’t come to a public meeting in Canada and get thrown out by two heavies because they have a Facebook friend from another party, you’re in a bad place,” he added. “You’re in a very unCanadian place … I think we’re in a very bad place when you’ve got a prime minister who does a background check on his audience, at a democratic crowd, and doesn’t seem to do a background check on the people he hires in the Prime Minister’s Office, like Mr. Carson.”