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Liberals Must Miss Power: Partisan Whining on Canada Day

July 1, 2007

As you have probably see by now, there are a bunch of Liberals that are whining about the presence of blue in Ottawa on Canada Day and are linking it to a conspiracy theory that it has something to do with Conservative partisanship.

Well, I’ve posted pictures from previous Canada Days below, and guess what? They all have blue as one of the centrepiece colours.

I guess Liberals don’t have anything else to do on Canada Day besides create fantastic theories on partisanship.* I mean, if they ain’t going to spend the time celebrating Canada Day, maybe they should spend the time thinking of some actual policies and strategies to use in an election instead.

*To the humourless out there: I recognize the irony of this statement.

Canada Day 2007

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Canada Day 2006

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Canada Day 2004

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  1. July 1, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Um.. its not just “us Liberals” … 2 media organizations (which you have ironically linked to) have also independently brought it up.

    I’m more irritated at the partisan speech he gave at the moment then the preponderance of blue on the stage however.

  2. Northern BC Dipper
    July 1, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Funny that the article I linked to had a statement from a Liberal, which brought the subject up, and then a rebuttal from a Conservative.

    Seems the media is reporting Liberal whining.

    The speech was a little off, though, I agree.

  3. July 1, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    The Toronto Star’s Susan Delacourt reported on the blue this past week, all on her own.

    And you’re not reading your own linked article. A radio station called for the boycott… while a conservative radio commentator on another channel rebuked it.. that had nothing to do with the Liberal Party – or the Conservative Party for that matter.

    And the Globe brought up the blue stuff itself.. not in repsonse to any “Liberal complaining”.

    I know you like taking potshots at Liberals (all too common for the NDP supporters on here – they keep forgetting its the Conservatives in power), but I think this time you’re off the mark.

  4. Northern BC Dipper
    July 1, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    Oh come on Scott. The article is very clear in which way each radio commentator leans. I’m definitely not saying the both radio commentator got some kind of orders from their respective party HQ, but, I mean, if a partisan conspiracy theory based via the use on colours on Canada Day has enough credence to poke through the national media, then you got to wonder what the heck their priorities are.

    As for the Delacourt article, it admits that the planning came from the party organizers and not Conservative HQ.

    Officials from the department of Canadian Heritage, which co-ordinated the Canada Day planning along with the National Capital Commission, said simply yesterday that blue was part of last year’s colour scheme, too.

    “Once the concept was set, the producer and the artistic director determined a set design which would best fit with this concept,” Josianne Jalbert, a media relations officer with the department, explained in an email.

    The production team in charge of the whole operation, in fact, is a private firm, Les Productions Phaneuf, which won the contract through a competitive bidding process. It’s the same company that did the show last year and in 2004.

    The Delacourt article to me, takes two independent phenomena (1. Governing Conservatives’ party colour is blue; 2. The Canada Day festivities has some blue in it this year) and tries to connect the two (2 must be because of one). It’s faulty logic. It’s like saying: 1. She drinks milk; 2. She has cancer; Therefore milk causes cancer.

    As for taking potshots on the Liberals, well, the Liberal organization’s actions at the present moment just make it too easy. They ain’t going to win an election at this rate. Perhaps that’s just for the best.

  5. janfromthebruce
    July 1, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    hiss, scratch. We all know Stevie is a twit, and we all know that liberals are always taking potshots at the NDP, anytime they can. Remember we aren’t in power. Tit for Tat!

  6. janfromthebruce
    July 1, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Oh, I forgot, Happy Canada Day to you all!

  7. catherine
    July 2, 2007 at 3:08 am

    But, what did you think of Harper’s short Canada Day speech with this “land that God created” and Canada-is-back message? It didn’t feel like a Happy Canada day tribute to me. Isn’t the PM’s message to all of us on Canada Day more important than disagreement over colours?

  8. janfromthebruce
    July 2, 2007 at 3:34 am

    I didn’t listen to Harper’s speech. And just with that one little line, “land that God created” sure wasn’t speaking to this Canadian, and I am sure a lot of other Canadians who come from different faith communities or no faith communities. He was talking to back home!

  9. Annie
    July 2, 2007 at 5:10 am

    As a lifelong liberal/sometimes NDP supporter I can only
    say how sad is is for me that lately both parties
    never miss an opportunity to take cheap shots at EACH
    OTHER. Guess we can look forward to Harper
    being in power for a l-o-n-g time to come.

  10. catherine
    July 3, 2007 at 2:00 am

    I agree Annie. However, not all NDP voters think Harper’s speech was “a little off” or that the real news is Liberal “whining”. The blue backdrop gave Harper the photo ops he wanted, with “Leadership” replaced by “Canada”, but his short speech managed to capture how he views Canada. Conservative sites are (rightfully) applauding the speech. Who knows how long Harper will have to change Canada, but I think those who both lean to the left part of the political spectrum and think Harper isn’t much worse than Dion are a fringe element.

  11. Northern BC Dipper
    July 3, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Catherine,

    Well, there are a few NDPers that will try to sell out to the Liberals because they think that Harper is the “Great Satan of Absolute Doom”, but I’d say that they are the fringe element.

    When one is in a political party, one works towards getting their people in power and no one else. It’s a trait well learned by Conservatives and Liberals, but sadly, some Dippers don’t get it.

    I guess its the same reason that the stupid “Conscience” theory of the NDP holds sway among some.

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