With the Canadian federal election now just a little more than a year away, it's already shaping up to be unprecedented in the way any federal election has been played out before it. First up will be ongoing attacks from both public and private sector unions, such as OFL and Unifor, headed by Sid Ryan and Jerry Dias respectively. The heads of all the major unions appear intent in spending millions on attack ads directed at PM Harper and his Conservative candidates in next years election. Forget the fact the Conservative Party is probably the best choice for their members, including policy of finance and debt, the economy, taxation, and trade that opens up new markets across the globe. We've already laid witness to the Ontario election of 2014 where unions openly and viciously attacked PC leader Tim Hudak and PC candidates across the province. More puzzling is the fact they endorsed the Liberal Party led by Kathleen Wynne, whose party has ramped up taxes, user fees, electricity costs, doubled the debt, while at the same time rewarding those same union members in the private sector with lost jobs, crippling hydro bills, and user fees such as license plate renewal that has almost doubled. The only saving grace for Conservatives is there are actual rules in place capping the amount spent on third party advertising by Elections Canada. Of course unions are more than willing to break both election and municipal rules to get their chosen Liberal leader into power. The illegal signs posted by the Working Families Coalition a perfect example.
The second part of the 2015 election will be the media's support of Justin Trudeau and hate for anything Stephen Harper or Conservative. Let's be honest, just like Tim Hudak in Ontario, whoever was leader of the federal Conservative Party would be a target of the media. Oh, the media will try and say it's just paranoia by the PM and Conservative supporters, but when you read editorials like the CP's Joan Bryden trying to lay blame for one of Justin Trudeau's chosen star candidates saying the IDF fired indiscriminately at women and children in Gaza at the Tories, while never even taking a micro-second to ask for Trudeau's comments on those outrageous comments, well, if the media says they are non-partisan then they must all get together and ride their magical unicorns after work everyday, cause, in a word, that's just pure fantasy on their part.
Of course that's just the latest example. We've seen Trudeau state budgets balance themselves, been called a "bozo" by a long term Liberal MP (again twisted by the media to be the Conservative's fault), seen Trudeau campaign in a mosque who donated to Hamas. We've seen Liberal and NDP MP's found to have broken election laws regarding robocalls, with the media again downplaying the fact they were actually found to have broken laws in one sentence, then writing paragraph after paragraph about supposed robocalls made across Canada by Conservatives, despite the judge's decision in the Michael Sona conviction. We have more of the same, mocking Stephen Harper as a control freak, while praising Justin Trudeau for dictating candidates views on abortion, ignoring the fact he boasts of open nominations, while at the same time rigging riding associations to get his chosen candidate named, which has even resulted in Trudeau facing a lawsuit.
We've seen Trudeau repay money for improper expenses in regards to a limo ride for one of his speaking engagements, with that same "non-partisan" media, the ones who actually even reported it, saying it was no big deal, just an honest mistake. You know, the same ones who wrote endlessly about Bev Oda's $16 orange juice. We've laid witness to relentless attacks about Rob Ford's addictions. How many people know Liberal MP John McCallum, while serving as a cabinet minister, was denied entry onto an airplane becase he was to drunk? Not very many, as it wasn't deemed newsworthy by many in the media. Then again, McCallum was also caught lying about where his car was built at a campaign stop, insisting his car was North American built, when he knew it wasn't. But hey, not newsworthy, right guys.
Perhaps the most glaring example of lack of media covering for a Liberal was the COURT DECISION on favor of Francois Beaudoin, who won a lawsuit against the government where the judge ruled he was the victim of attacks from Jean Chretien cronies, trying to ruin him both financially and emotionally, due to the fact he outed Chretien's lie that he never contacted the BDC for that infamous Shawinigate loan, the one that ultimately defaulted, sticking taxpayers with the loss. Try googling this subject. Either the internet has been cleansed or the majority of media just never wanted to report on it.
In respect to everything written above, the re-election of Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party will certainly face attacks from both unions and media never seen before in a federal election. The 2014 Ontario election will be used as a template to get their chosen one, Justin Trudeau, into 24 Sussex to continue the destruction implemented by his father decades before. And while I begrudgingly admit Pierre Elliot Trudeau did have a natural charisma, Justin's is store bought. Where his father thought and believed in his vision, Justin's is store bought, or rather media paid for. Conservatives across the country need to rally against this attack on democracy, before Justin Trudeau follows the lead of the Ontario Liberals, making Canada a have-not Country much like McGuinty/Wynne have done to Ontario.
Excellent synopsis Paul. Consevatives, gird your loins!
Conservatives are trying to fight this election using logic and facts,while the Liberals and NDP'ers play on their supporters emotions.
The "undecided" voters are often swayed by sound bites, videos, and emotional attack ads,so it's going to be tough to win against the concerted efforts of the Unions,media, environmentalists, Indians, and the two other Parties.
We're in the same position as England,circa 1940; an island of conservatism in a vast sea of socialists, a powerful enemy aligned against us,the blitz about to begin. I hope we have a Leader as resolute as the Brits did then.
Harper can beat Trudeau, but it's going to take more than anti-marijuana propaganda that doesn't work to beat this "star".
I use the term "star",because that's all Trudeau is,a star, no experience, no knowledge, no gravitas, just star power.
Trudeau must be mocked, become the object of ridicule.The CPC has to make attack ads that point out the fact he's never so much as run a lemonade stand,had a Paper route, but now wants to run the Country.
But the CPC seems stuck on marijuana,which simply isn't an issue to about 90% of voters,and the Mosques Trudeau visits,which no one but a few rabid Conservatives get upset over.
Trudeau can be beaten, but not with 1956 tactics. Some of the allegedly bright young minds in the PMO should be capable of conducting an ad campaign,using humor and gentle ridicule,to point out Trudeau's weaknesses.
If they're too stupid to see the opportunities, perhaps they aren't as bright as we've heard.
I disagree that more attack ads is what is needed. How well have the ones used so far worked to dislodge Trudeau's standing from his high perch? Apparently not too well. More attack ads would simply be played by the media as more "Republican"/"Nixonian" tactics by the same old predictable gang that brought down Dion & Ignatieff.
Rather than attack Trudeau's persona, why not emphasize the Conservative government's achievements, with facts & data to back their record up?
Also, why admit openly that the media is the enemy, as the Conservatives did recently in a fundraising email? While I wouldn't favour a chummy relationship with the media, which is decidedly anti-Harper for the most part, as Paul has so ably reminded his readers, I think a more business-like relationship should be fostered -- even with those considered as "enemies".
Also, I cringe whenever some prickly issue is talked about on programs such as Power & Politics and Evan Solomon says "no Conservative was made available" to comment, thus giving the opposition free rein to present their side AND perhaps creating the impression that the Conservative side is afraid to face hard questions.
An interesting article related to this topic here:
I agree Gabby. The best ad the Tories ran in the 2011 election was the one with the PM talking over the flag and Canadian icons. I hate to say it but the current campaign team looks like Romper Room, with notable similarities to the Ontario PC team.
what needs to be brought out is the ex-Obama handlers now orchestrating the liberal dirty tricks agenda
Excellent point. Libs and media constantly refer to conservatives a tea party.
This analysis was before 2011 election but is still relevant today
Although the Calgary Sun analysis fhl refers to is quite compelling, I still can't get rid of the queasy feeling whenever I see an attack ad that in my estimation goes too far.
In timely fashion ... I got this in my email yesterday from the Conservative party:
"We're going to be launching a new, positive ad featuring our Prime Minister in his own words."
The ad is also featured at the Just Right blog in the thread "Unethical journalism (a Canadian staple)"
why are all of you staying silent on this one if you're so against crime
your conservatives had a pedophile in their party for god sakes!
Christians everywhere are shaming your party right now.
time to put the politics aside and do the right thing.
and harper knew all along:
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