Prime Minister Stephen Harper has avoided more question periods from opposition in the House of Commons in 2015 more than any other year since first taking office in 2006.
Data from the Ottawa Citizen shows that Harper has only attended 35 per cent of his daily question periods this year.
In 2006, Harper attended 64 per cent of the question periods that last 45 minutes. There has been a steady decline ever-since, with a sharp drop between 2014 and 2015.
In the months of April and May, Harper attended 22 sessions, totaling in only 27 per cent of the two months, to date.
“When the prime minister is not in question period, he is promoting Canadian values and interests on the world stage,” spokesman Stephen Lecce said in an email to the Ottawa Citizen.
But Harper’s absence in these question-and-answer periods, have drawn criticism over the years.
With the introduction of his new web series “24 Seven,” Harper has dramatically reduced the number of press conferences and has successfully dodged questions from the media, limiting them to videos produced by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Question Period attendance record
|Stephen Harper (since becoming prime minister)|
|Tom Mulcair (since becoming NDP leader)|
|Justin Trudeau (since becoming Liberal leader)|