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New Anti-Dion Ads Good For Promoting Conservative Message, But Very Ironic

November 2, 2007

Looks like the Conservatives are about to release another anti-Dion ad, this time on taxes.

Now, in terms of promoting the Conservatives message box, I’d say that this ad works quite well.  It frames Dion as “not-a-leader”, as a person with no priorities, as somebody who would raise the GST, as somebody that is “not worth the risk”. Now, as somebody that is into politics, I’m rather bored of these arguments as I have heard them ad-infinitum, but to somebody that is only paying slight attention, they serve as a good reinforcement.

Now, what I find really ironic about these ads is that Dion and the Liberals are being portrayed as wanting to raise taxes.

Well, first of all, let’s be fair: the Liberals may raise the GST by a percentage point if elected, as pointed out by Cherniak. May is a far cry from will.

But more to the point: the Liberals, as of late, have been calling for all kinds of tax cuts. Personal, corporate. Heck, they even want to re-open the Income Trust tax loophole. All this, and they are being hammered by the Conservatives as tax-raisers? Wow!

Now the question is: how will the Liberals react? Can they take control of the dialog away from Harper? I’m not going to hold my breath.

H/T: Stephen Taylor.

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  1. molly
    November 2, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    I think it’s important for Canadians to be told that the air time was purchased months ago and CRAP expected to be in an election by now, so ya know, they always take the low road.

  2. janfromthebruce
    November 2, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    They are always in election mode it seems, which is part of conservative strategy, keep the public on edge, create crisis, induce fear … it is so boring.

    But more to the point, they are suppose to be the party in government, but the way they continually point the finger at the liberals, they are not secure in their position.
    They just don’t act like a party in charge, unless this how they will always act. Can we have some down time from all their hype about nothing.

  3. Northern BC Dipper
    November 2, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    They are always in election mode it seems, which is part of conservative strategy, keep the public on edge, create crisis, induce fear … it is so boring.

    Boring. Yeah, that seems to be the best word to describe the shenanigans as of late. Which is weird, ’cause one would expect brinkmanship to be, at the very least, entertaining.

  4. November 4, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Even brinksmanship gets boring (or annoying) after several months. So do ads that insult voters’ intelligence. Portraying the Liberals as tax-hikers is a great example. It was the Tories that cancelled the income tax cuts that the Liberals introduced two years ago — only to bring them back last week!

    Not that I expect the Liberals to grab the message track or anything…

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