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Monday, January 17, 2011

Tories launch pre-emtive strike in hopes of avoiding a spring election

Why are we launching ads now? "Spending our money, so THE OPPOSITION won't spend yours" is probably the best way to sum it up for Joe Canadian.

By launching these attack ads now, we're hoping to drive Ignatieff's numbers down a little further, thus giving the Liberals pause before they decide to bring down the House over the next Budget. By spending a little bit of our own Tory war chest now on these ads, I believe the hope is that we'll help taxpayers avoid spending $350+ MILLION dollars on an unwanted and unnecessary premature election this spring.

How's that for a responsible political Party? We're actually spending a little of OUR OWN MONEY, in order to save taxpayers MILLIONS. The Liberals? They want to blow your money on an election that will change nothing (other than their leader), and to hang on to the MILLIONS they're getting in political subsidies, again from the taxpayer's pockets.

So check out the ads for yourself... and I suppose I should say, "You're Welcome Canada!".

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  • At Mon. Jan. 17, 01:33:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ah yes, raising the bar of civil political discourse yet again. Or, not...

  • At Mon. Jan. 17, 04:09:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ever seen the episode of West Wing where they discuss a "proportional response?" If the Tories used a proportional response, they would make fun of Ignatieff's eyebrows after Ignatieff made fun of Minister Baird's "snarling face."

    These videos use real quotes no ad hominem atatcks, so yes, it actually is raising the bar on the discourse.

  • At Tue. Jan. 18, 01:22:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Bert said…

    Yes, the Liberals are calling the Conservatives out on these "attack ads". Does anyone remember the Liberal add with the gun, or the "Soldiers In The Streets" ad ?. Hello kettle, this is pot.

  • At Sun. Jan. 23, 11:41:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Anon1152 said…

    Anon@4:09... um... The CPC's ads are far more ad hominem than the Liberals'. In fact, your comparison is telling. I think that the "snarling face" comment was not helpful, and I would have discouraged it if I was in a position to do so... But he was referring to his snarling... the yelling... and (what he specifically linked the snarling to) the partisanship. I think "partisanship" might be the wrong word. I don't think there is anything wrong with being partisan per se. Believing in something, belonging to something... that's good. And insofar as that is partisan... I rather envy partisans. (CC. I'm looking in your direction).

    But I digress.

    The reference to John Baird's "snarling face" was more about what he's doing and saying than something that's just a part of his body, his self.

    You can try to attach political meaning to Ignatieff's eyebrows. You might succeed. But it would merely be the standard CPC "ad hominem attack": Ignatieff (or Dion) looks/talks/acts "funny"; he's not like you; he's not one of us.

    To say that you (or the CPC) are not engaged in ad homenim attacks is risible. "The videos use real quotes". Sure. You could also use "real pictures" of Ignatieff's "real eyebrows".

    I much prefer criticisms of proposed policies and positions and ideologies. I appreciate them even more if they are not demonstrably untrue...

  • At Sun. Jan. 23, 11:51:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Anon1152 said…

    By the way... "Tories launch pre-emtive strike in hopes of avoiding a spring election"

    Yeah... Nothing says "want to avoid an election" like election-style ads...

    He may not want an election... I think he'd prefer a coronation... but that doesn't mean he's not campaigning.

    And to say he doesn't want an election now should take into account the historical record (and I'm just talking about the last 5 or 6 years). Didn't HE trigger the last two elections, one of which happened a few months after he passed a fixed-election-dates law...

    If you don't want an election, then let's let the government fall after a vote of no confidence... and let another party or parties form a government that can hold the confidence of the house.

    Recognizing the legitimacy of a "coalition" (which Harper has pretty much recognized in the past, so long as he's in charge) would save money...


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