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Best ad Liberals have produced in a VERY long time.

In the world of politics the fight can really only stay as clean as your dirtiest player and the Conservative Party of Canada could not be a dirtier player.  They are the textbook example of Karl Rove’s warped, cynical play-book.

The latest attack ads against Justin Trudeau demonstrate how low they are willing to go, quoting him completely out of context making him appear to claim Quebec is superior to the rest of Canada.  When in fact he is speaking of the views of his late father.  The problem is most Canadians will never know the truth as they are casual followers of the political scene and their views and opinions are formed by what they see and hear.  They do not investigate and dig deeper, that is only done by us political nerds.

The strategy used by the Conservative Party has proven extremely effective in defining the previous two Liberal leaders and it appears as though this will happen once again.  This will not happen because of the attack ads exclusively, it will be supported by the absolute militant, vigilant discipline of the Harper Conservatives as it has been in the past.

On these pages I predicted the strategy that Harper would follow against Ignatieff and his ‘reckless coalition partners’.

Here’s what the latest mantra will sound like:  “Mr. Speaker, the honourable member from Papineau is clearly too inexperienced to understand important issues like the operation of the economy…”  Repeated at nauseam by all the Conservative hacks as part of every statement, no matter the issue.  The Conservatives understand that if you say something often enough eventually it sticks.

When you face an opponent with such tight organization, such strict message discipline you can not afford to simply try to counter the message showing the Leader in some positive pictures.  You must match the organization and the discipline of your opponent.

The Liberal Party is just as capable of defining the Conservatives, not by staying positive and not without discipline.

I am in complete and utter shock and sadness at the news that Justin Trudeau will become the third Liberal Party leader in a row defined by the formidable Reform-Conservative attack ad machine.  This means that Stephen Harper has just won the 2015 election campaign.  

I can not believe that this decision could be taken.  Those who do not learn from their mistakes are bound to repeat them and we all have a front row seat to the obliteration of another leader’s brand.  This will be very painful indeed.

Natural Resources minister Joe Oliver announced the ‘streamlining’ of the federal environmental assessment process.  What was not mentioned in the press release or by the minister was that final approval can now be given by the federal cabinet i.e. Harper himself even if it the board deems a project too damaging to the environment to go ahead.

Tell me, what are the chances for the Northern Gateway pipeline being shutdown?

We have another case of electoral fraud where the trail of evidence has led directly to the Conservative Party of Canada’s headquarters.  We now learn that Elections Canada has discovered that several key records are missing, records which would have helped them to identify “Pierre Poutine“.

Does this come as a surprise to anyone?  When the Conservative Party of Canada has several weeks notice of a coming investigation, why would they not destroy the evidence?

The Conservatives say it’s impossible to delete logs that keep track of access to CIMS.  This claim assumes that all Canadians are computer illiterate.  Those with even a light amount of computer experience know that anything is deletable when it comes to data.

How is it possible that a party with the horrific performance of the Harper Conservatives lead any poll?  The answer is simple: they know how to manage and manipulate the message.  Watching the Harper Conservatives is like watching a case study of the Karl Rove play-book of dirty political tricks.

Article in the Globe and Mail says that this budget is Flaherty’s best shot at creating a Conservative legacy.  I decide to think about what that legacy will look like:

1) Higher crime rate, more criminals, less safe communities (thanks to their dumb on crime bill)
2) Death, (Walkerton tragedy repeats as environmental regulations are removed)
3) Militias in Alberta thanks to relaxed gun control
4) Less innovation as research is dumbed down to focus on how to pick up and dig up materials to sell them to China
5) Less democracy as the government abuses parliamentary levers like prorogation, continues to focus on fear and smear without substantial debate or discussion
6) Wasting money on military spending so that Canada can be an international thug
7) Wasting money on prisons thanks to their (dumb-on-crime we love criminals so lets make some more of them approach)
8) Reviled globally for derailing attempts to save the earth
9) Less haves and more have-nots
10) Less health care
11) Less quality of lif

Here is a script for an attack ad which illustrates Stephen Harper’s trust issues:

VIDEO AUDIO
Camera up on Slick game show host in studio holding cue cards, smiling at the camera. HOST: Welcome back to Canada in Jeopardy! Mark it’s your board.
CUT TO: Contestant looking up at the board, holding buzzer. MARK: Harper Quotes for two hundred.
CUT TO GAME BOARD WITH QUESTION:  It’s what he’s doing when he says:”this government is clear; it will not be seeking an early election.” HOST: It’s what he’s doing when he says:”this government is clear; it will not be seeking an early election.”
(Beeping as contestant rings in)

HOST: Vidya

CUT TO: Contestant looking up at the board holding buzzer. VIDYA:  What is lying?

HOST: That’s right

VIDYA: Stephen Harper quotes for four hundred.

 

CUT TO GAME BOARD WITH QUESTION:  “IT’S WHAT HARPER WAS DOING WHEN HE SAID THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER TAX INCOME TRUSTS” HOST: “It’s what Harper was doing when he said that his government would never tax income trusts”
(Beeping as contestant rings in)

HOST: Andre

CUT TO: Contestant looking up at the board holding buzzer. ANDRE: What is lying?

HOST: That’s right

ANDRE: Stephen Harper quotes for six hundred.

 

Cut to game board question: “According to eye witnesses Harper was doing this when he claimed that he had never proposed forming a coalition government with the Bloc Quebecois and NDP in 2004” HOST: “According to eye witnesses Harper was doing this when he claimed that he had never proposed forming a coalition government with the Bloc Quebecois and NDP in 2004”
(Beeping as contestant rings in)

HOST: Mark

CUT TO: Contestant 1 looking up at the board holding buzzer. MARK: What is lying?

HOST: Right again

MARK: Harper quotes for a thousand

 

Cut to game board question: When Harper said that his party “absolutely, definitely had no role in the electoral fraud, voter suppression scandal” HOST: When Harper said that his party “absolutely, definitely had no role in the electoral fraud, voter suppression scandal”FADE OUT SOUND
DISSOLVES TO White screen
SUPER (Centred): “Some questions are easy.

”SUPER (CENTRED BELOW “Some Question are easy.”): Liberal Party Logo

Narrator:“Some questions are easy.”
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