The People’s Alliance candidate in Memramcook-Tantramar has given her version of events about why she declined to be interviewed as part of Warktimes election coverage.
Heather Collins was responding to my post to the Facebook group Sackville NB Community Concerns explaining why I would not be interviewing her for an election story.
“I’m sorry but I have to correct this message,” Collins wrote. “I actually told you I wasn’t available because I’m dealing with a house fire we had and lost our home and my husband had a heart attack and I’ve been taking back and forth to Saint John hospital for appointments and testing. Also going through heart attack recovery classes. Never did I say I was to busy to do an interview. Just wasn’t focused enough at that time.”
However, a transcript of our exchanges on Facebook Messenger beginning on Saturday August 29th tells a different story.
It shows that Collins appeared to agree to a telephone interview on Sunday, August 30, but then after receiving the e-mailed list of questions she had asked for, backed away from one: “Bruce there is no way I will be able to do an interview today as I’m away visiting family and wont be home till morning,” she wrote.
I responded a few minutes later: “When would you be able to do one? I’m tied up on Monday. Best time for me would be Tuesday morning.”
Collins responded within 15 minutes: “Tues I have to take my husband to Saint John for doctors appointments. Would Wednesday work for you?”
“Sure Wednesday morning would be good for me. Say 10 a.m.?” I responded.
Then, more than 24-hours later Collins sent this message:
“Bruce I’m not going to be available to do this interview with you as I’m tied up with a lot of things around here with my husband and as well we lost our home to a fire back in may and still trying to get everything finalized with that. And then trying to get out and meet people in the riding is a big thing as well. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
“That’s too bad Heather. I was looking forward to talking with you. And, sorry to hear about the fire. Please let me know if you change your mind.”
“Ok no worries Bruce, just have a lot on my plate right now and don’t want to get everything twisted. Our platform is very interesting and I will work very hard at getting the voices of the constituents heard in the legislature in Frederiction. That’s a promise to everyone.”
To read a transcript of our Facebook exchanges as well as the list of questions I sent Collins, click here.