Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau prides himself on openness and transparency, but the party's decision to abandon a convention tradition isn't helping his case.

Reporters were told Saturday that Trudeau would not hold a customary closing press conference at the end of the Liberals' biannual convention Sunday, and many journalists took to Twitter to express their confusion and frustration.

"I can also report growing media crankiness over Trudeau's refusal to make himself available for post-convention scrums," tweeted the CBC's Kady O'Malley.

The media's attempts to ask Trudeau questions as he sat down in the convention's main plenary hall for debate were shot down too.

"In a bizarre moment, Trudeau wouldn't look at or acknowledge media as we tried to ask him questions," tweeted Halifax Chronicle-Herald reporter Paul McLeod.

There are several reasons why Trudeau may have wished to avoid the cameras.

His keynote speech to delegates Saturday was well-received and he may have wanted to end the convention on a high note.

Friday, his star recruit retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie delivered a good speech but bombed a press conference meant to shed light on his $72,000 moving costs.

Leslie, a Liberal foreign policy advisor, suggested in his speech that the Conservatives had leaked information about his expenses in retaliation for not joining their ranks.

But in front of reporters, he seemed to take back his words, refusing to say he'd been 'courted' by the Tories. Leslie would only say he had been in discussions with several parties, of which the Conservatives were one. He refused to say whether he had approached the Conservatives first.

Emails obtained by the Toronto Star show Leslie had a number of conversations with high-ranking members of the Conservative Party about job opportunities.

On Sunday, Liberal delegates also passed several controversial policy resolutions, including a call to decriminalize assisted suicide, a national strategy for early childhood education, and a plan to create a basic annual income for all Canadians, but by refusing to hold a press conference, Trudeau did not address how the new costly proposals would be funded.

Sources say Trudeau also wasn't ready to express a personal opinion on assisted suicide.

The Liberal leader may also have chosen not to speak to reporters after seemingly backtracking on his comments about not raising taxes.

During an interview with CBC's 'The House', he pledged not to raise taxes on corporations and individuals, but then said in his Saturday speech that he would not raise taxes on the middle class. An advisor told HuffPost Canada Trudeau was "clarifying" his remarks, but no one from his team has returned emails requesting more clarification.

Trudeau may have hoped his decision to avoid the press would be overshadowed by the Winter Olympics but members of the media and the public definitely noticed. Check out some of their reactions in the slideshow below.

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  • Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau celebrates as he watches team Canada score against team Sweden in the gold medal hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games during the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Sunday, February 23, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau votes on a resolution during the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Sunday, February 23, 2014.

  • Alec Wheeler displays his federal Liberal party badges on day three of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Saturday, February 22, 2014.

  • Justin Trudeau leader of the Liberal Party of Canada speaks at the convention in Montreal, Que., February 20, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau delivers his closing address to delegates on day three of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Saturday, February 22, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland poses for a photograph on day three of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Saturday, February 22, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau addresses delegates at the party's Biennial convention Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Montreal.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau delivers his closing address to delegates on day three of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Saturday, February 22, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and newly elected president Anna Gainey take the stage at the party's Biennial convention Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Montreal.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, centre, celebrates as he watches team Canada beat the United States in the semi-final hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games on day two of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Friday, February 21, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, left, celebrates with Mike Burton as they watch team Canada beat team USA in the semifinal hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games on day two of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Friday, February 21, 2014.

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau greets delegates as he arrives at the party's Biennial convention Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau delivers his opening address on day one of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Thursday, February 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau delivers his opening address on day one of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Thursday, February 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau greets a supporter prior to delivering his opening speech on day one of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Thursday, February 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes his opening remarks at the party's Biennial convention Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

  • Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau waves to delegates after his opening remarks at the party's biennial convention Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

  • Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau arrives at the party's biennial convention Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

  • Dorothy Goubault cheers as she waits for federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to deliver his opening address on day one of the party's biennial convention in Montreal, Thursday, February 20, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • UP NEXT: Memorable Trudeau Photos

  • Coming For MacKay

    Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay (left) is chased by Liberal MP Justin Trudeau in a motorized wheelchair during a wheelchair race relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Twenty-five MPs and senators used a wheelchair for the day in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association's Spinal Cord Injury and CPA awareness month.

  • Come At Me, Bro

    Justin Trudeau trains at Pan Am Boxing Club in Winnipeg on Friday Feb. 1, 2013.

  • Peekaboo!

    Justin Trudeau & co. making faces.

  • Riiiiip!

    Justin Trudeau splits his pants while pushing the "scrum machine" in support of Prostate Cancer Canada in Toronto Thursday, July 21, 2011.

  • Don't Shoot!

    Justin Trudeau gets his geek on at Montreal Comiccon in September 2012.

  • So Long 'Stache

    Justin Trudeau has his moustache shaved off to raise money for the Judy LaMarsh Fund, that supports female candidates, at the Liberal Party convention in Ottawa on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

  • All For One, One For All

    Justin Trudeau all dressed up for the Montreal Movember Gala in 2010.

  • Get Him!

    Pierre Trudeau's sons, Sacha, left, and Justin, tackle their mother's paperboy in Ottawa in this undated photo.

  • 'Family... And A Cow.'

    'Nuff said.

  • He Can Certainly Take A Punch

    Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau delivers a right hook to his older brother Justin during a play fight in 1980 at Ottawa airport as the boys await a flight with the return of their father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau.

  • Be Honest With Me, Who's Cuter?

    Justin Trudeau strikes a pose with an adorable baby.

  • A Very Furry Christmas

    Justin Trudeau poses with his family on his 2010 Christmas card.

  • Game On!

    Former Liberal MP Ken Dryden, left, and Justin Trudeau play table hockey as they visit Sun Youth, a community organization, Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 in Montreal.

  • Yanking Their Chain

    Then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, left, watches as his 11-year-old son Justin swings on a chain during a tour of an old fort in the Omani town of Nizwa Dec. 2, 1983. Trudeau and Justin spent the day visiting the towns of Jebel and Nizwa 165 kilometres south of Muscat.

  • Rocking Out

    Justin Trudeau in Muskoka, Ont.

  • YeeHaw!

    Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, centre, has his cowbay taken by his son Xavier, 4 years-old, while his wife Sophie Gregoire, second from left, holds daughet Ella-Grace, 3 years-old, while they attend the party's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Saturday, July 7, 2012. This is the 100th anniversary of the Stampede.

  • Like Mother, Like Son

    Eleven-month-old Justin Trudeau, urged on by his mother Margaret Trudeau, crawls up the steps of an aircraft in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 1972 to meet his father, then-prime minister, Pierre Trudeau on his return from Britain.

  • Cutting A Rug

    Justin Trudeau dances with wife Sophie Grégoire before his speech at the Liberal showcase on April 6, 2013.

  • Next: What Is Pierre Trudeau Doing?

  • Magician?

    Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing what someone called his "Mandrake the Magician outfit," walks down the grandstand steps to present the Grey Cup trophy to the victorious Montreal Alouettes in this Nov. 28, 1970 photo.

  • Hey, It Was The '70s

    Pierre Trudeau leans over to kiss an unidentified young lady to the seeming surprise of his recent bride Margaret. Trudeau and Margaret spent Saturday March 27, 1971 at maple tree farm here near Montreal at a sugaring out party.

  • Fur Wasn't Always Controversial

    Pierre Trudeau accompanies Margaret Sinclair, at the annual Governor General's skating party for members of Parliament in Ottawa Jan. 14, 1970.

  • Ditto For Seal Hunting

    Pierre Trudeau looks through the scope of his rifle while on a seal hunting trip in Baffin Island's Clear Water Fjord, July 29, 1968.

  • A Leg Up

    Pierre Trudeau shoes off his frisbee catching style while waiting to board his plane in Vancouver May 16, 1979.

  • Calisthenics Were Still Cool

    Pierre Trudeau had no trouble keeping himself occupied during a break from a boat trip down the Northwest Territories, Nahanni River, Monday Aug. 4, 1970.

  • The Outfit...

    Pierre Trudeau takes a wary look at an ice crevice, decides to chance it and makes the leap successfully during a midnight seal- hunting expedition at Clearwater Fjord in Canada's Arctic, July 29, 1968.

  • When in France...

    Pierre Trudeau receives a kiss from his wife Margaret during a tour of St. Pierre, France, Aug. 1971.

  • Running Man

    Pierre Trudeau in Guayana 1974.

  • Friendlier With Reporters Than You Know Who

    Pierre Trudeau sticks his tongue out to Canadian Press Photographer Peter Bregg during the 1972 election campaign. This photo was taken aboard the campaign plane where such antics were considered off the record. The photo was not made available until after the death of the prime minister

  • Disco Stu

    Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau dances in Montreal Oct. 21, 1979.

  • Acting like a Beatle

    Pierre Trudeau sprints away from a crowd of female admirers in Ottawa April 22, 1968. They surrounded him outside the Parliament Buildings on his third day in office.