At home on both CBC radio (“The House”) and CBC News Network’s “Power and Politics”, Rosemary Barton doesn’t shy away from politicians and the issues of the day. She asks direct questions and expects direct answers.
“Do you not understand my question? Are you afraid to answer the question? I’ll ask it again.” – that’s our Rosie.
When a politician is in Ms. Barton’s operating theatre, you know there’ll be blood – usually a little, occasionally a bloodbath. She’s done her homework, or members of her behind-the-scenes-crew have done their’s, knows where the bodies are buried and who buried them – and will happily dig them up.
Dale Smith on The Canadaland website – http://www.canadalandshow.com – writes that Rosemary is the host that this country really needs. “She regularly cracks jokes and is open to public dialogue from viewers on social media, where she also presents a friendly and funny persona . . . but she has shown a willingness to be assertive when Members of Parliament don’t respond to questions with a clear answer.”
Smith goes on to say “Rosemary Barton’s talent is a product of hard work, expertise and her own character. She has a solid grounding in covering politics, both at the Quebec National Assembly and on PARLIAMENT HILL. She has been on campaign planes, attends Question Period in the House of Commons regularly, and has covered a number of beats across government.
And most importantly, she does’t play dumb. She is the new face of politics. The days of old white guys dominating the discussion in this country are moving behind us. It’s time for Ms. Barton to get the recognition that she’s earned.”
On October 6 Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who dislikes television interviews, made a rare appearance on the National News. Guess who was asking the questions. To quote Rosemary: “He’s selling something so of course he’ll show up.”