Canadian nets respond to campaign video

Say they're not endorsing ex-newsman Peter Kent

TORONTO -- Canadian TV networks on Sunday distanced themselves from a federal election campaign video that features former veteran newsman Peter Kent.

News executives from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and CTV said appearances by their network anchors in the video tribute to Kent, who worked for the CBC, CTV and NBC before he segued into politics, did not represent campaign endorsements.

"Neither (CBC anchor) Peter Mansbridge nor CBC News have in any way endorsed Mr. Kent, the Conservative Party of Canada or any other political party or candidate," CBC News publisher John Cruickshank said in a statement.

CTV News president Robert Hurst issued a separate statement that indicated CTV anchor Lloyd Robertson and former CTV journalist Pamela Wallin, who both praise Kent in the video, did not offer their own political endorsements.

The video, which appears on Kent's campaign Web site and on YouTube, comes as he bids for a north Toronto seat in the Canadian Parliament as part of the governing Conservatives.

Peter Kent is the brother of fellow Canadian journalist Arthur Kent, better known as the "Scud Stud" for his live NBC reports during the 1991 Gulf War.

Canadians go to the polls Tuesday.
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