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This week’s CPC attack ads – EXCLUSIVE!!!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

With the polls saying that the Harperites are in real trouble in many previously “safe” ridings, Canadians can expect to see and hear a whole new suite of anti-Trudeau ads over the final days of this looooooonnnnggggg campaign.

My operative – let’s call him or her “The CPC War Room’s pizza delivery guy’s barber’s aunt” snuck these tidbits out to me in a used X-large pizza box still smelling of olives and dripping with bacon grease…

  • “Justin Trudeau – as Prime Minister he will cut income-splitting to fund injection sites in brothels”!
  • “Justin Trudeau – he like babies and he likes to eat pizza – he will FORCE FEED YOUR BABIES PIZZA!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – he want to put toll booths on Tim Horton drive-thrus to fund his ‘free-pot-for-schoolkids’ Program!
  • “Justin Trudeau – he will appoint an ISIS terrorist as  the Minister of National Defense!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – he almost drowned once when he was a kid. He was way over his head!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – as a drama teacher, he sold pot to kids on field trips to local brothels while reciting lines from Hamlet!”
  • “Justin Trudeau – his Dad was named Pierre. Which is French for “stone”. Which makes “just not ready” Justine a stoner who wants to inject drugs into your pizzas!

The only question is whether they will run out of days before ad ideas…

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Debate no-shows – they are slaps in the faces of those who organise them…

Friday, October 9th, 2015

I was one of those “organisers” of an all-candidate debate / meeting that the news articles often refer to. Our debate last night in the riding of Ottawa South was quite well attended with around 500 members of the community showing up at a local high school auditorium to hear what the all the candidates had to say about some of the issues that have dominated this election.

Um, well not exactly all of the candidates…

It seems to have become a regular practice in this election for Conservative Party candidates to skip these meetings, citing reasons like “too busy door-knocking” or having “previous commitments”. Notice of their non-attendance is usually given at the last-minute or close to it, forcing organisers to scramble a bit as the plans and logistics were geared to a defined number of candidates showing up. But so what… we manage… that’s not really my point.

My point / bone to pick is that by nonchalantly choosing to skip an event like this is a major slap in the face to those who have spent many, many hours of volunteer time to set up such an event. I figure that I alone spent about 20 hours on this event. I work full-time and have kids with activities, etc., etc… so my time is precious.

There is also a real and significant financial aspect. Auditoriums have to be paid for, microphones rented, security guards paid for, tech support booked and paid for… in our case it amounted about a thousand bucks total… not a fortune but significant given that these costs are paid for and labour provided by volunteer-driven not-for-profit groups.

And most of these organisations don’t have bags of cash just lying around looking for somewhere to go.

Now, I’m not going to slam the local candidate. I know the CPC candidate. I worked with him volunteering for Parent Council activities at our kids’ school. Our politics may differ but the guy did step up more than most. My displeasure is squarely on the party that has apparently made it their policy to order – with few exceptions – all of their candidates to skip debates, meetings or any interaction in a crowd where media might be present. They want the to stick with the “door-to-door” where a misstep outside the approved party script would likely not do a lot of damage. I kind of feel sorry for these candidates as they signed on to engage their voters wherever and when possible and they are being told that they cannot.

To that party and those who made this disengagement decision I say that they have made a big mistake. You have played into the hands of the opposition that likes to portray Harper and the CPC as cold, heartless and out of touch. I say too that you have angered a great many community leaders who make up these community groups. You have spat in the faces of these folks that are, by and large, respected in their communities and their words carry some weight – not saying mine does… but there are some really influential men and women in these organisations.

And that, ladies and gentlemen will come back to bite the blue party in the end.

 

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Hey CPC! Leave Canadian icons be!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

So it is becoming painfully obvious that the CPC is feeling the pressure and are actually considering the possibility that they may not form the next government. Hence, the shorts pants in the PMO have launched a pre-planning campaign to counter such an eventuality.

Code named “Operation Impending Doom (OID)”, the strategy is to trot out and associate the CPC brand with as many Canadian icons who will agree to cooperate. And for those who do not go long with OID, they will use them anyways – and apologise later.

First was Wayne ” took-way-too-many-elbows-to-the-noggin” Gretzky who positively gushed over how awesome a job Harper has been doing and how super it would be if he could continue to do such an awesome job! Cuz ol’ Wayne has spent the last few decades in the previously unknown province of “California” where #99 has been intently following the policy and program developments in the country of his birth.

Next was – Uh-OH – the desperate and weak attempt to link TERRY FOX with a Conservative election promise to give more funding for cancer research. Now Minister Moore and the PMO skipped over that chapter in the Canadian Politics 101 manual that talks about the dangers of politicising icons and diseases. It is a short chapter consisting of only 3 words:

DON’T DO IT!

The Fox family and the Foundation under Terry’s name came out to state in no uncertain terms that they did not consent to this link with Terry or the Foundation and that they remain completely non-partisan.

Federal Industry Minister James Moore had said Sunday that the Conservative government, if re-elected, would commit up to $35 million in matching donations raised during the annual Terry Fox Run.

Moore, who is not running for re-election, made the announcement in Port Moody, B.C., during the 35th iteration of the run. This year, the annual, non-competitive event aims to fundraise $35 million — one dollar for every Canadian.

The Terry Fox Foundation, an international non-profit, has avoided endorsing any particular party in the past. No one from the Fox family was present at the announcement.

When asked about the Fox clan, Moore nonetheless described the family as “enthusiastic . . . they think it’s great.”

Fox’s family then released a statement Monday clarifying that they “did not respond enthusiastically suggesting the idea was great as MP James Moore reported in yesterday’s Conservative announcement.”

“We will continue to make no public comments with respect to any federal party promises during the election campaign unless it is a unified all party announcement.”

Predictably, the CPC offered up a lame apology and backed away.

The damage to the ReformCon cause will likely be minimal but it is symbolic of how far this party will go to gain a few extra votes.

So, who’s next? What other Canadian icons will be hugged and loved by the PMO short pants? My mole inside Langevin Block leaked me the following list:

  1. Maple syrup. Good ol’ sirop d’érable will soon be touted as a Conservative invention and mandated to be dyed blue before sale.
  2. The beaver. At a rally to be soon held in small Manitoba town, Harper will come on stage cuddling a baby beaver and feeding it a bottle. He will claim that he has always had a soft spot for beavers. Always.
  3. Tim Hortons. OK. This one was done already when a group of people – presumably Albertans – tried to get a “boycott Tims” movement going because an outlet was running anti oilsands ads on one of its TV screens in the resto. The movement was an #epicfail.
  4. Totem poles – the totem pole is an aboriginal icon that the CPC will adopt for its own purposes by recarving the faces of Harper and past Conservative PM’s into the grand totem pole now housed in the Museum of History. The PMO will claim that nothing had changed and that Dief’s face was ALWAYS on the pole. No one had ever noticed before.
  5. The RCMP Musical Ride. An honoured iconic symbol of our nation. The ride will stay the same except for one small change. The music that the ride is choreographed to will be by Nickleback. Horses will bolt.
  6. The CBC. It will, of course be privatised and rebranded as the Sun News network. Angry Ezra will replace Mansbridge.
  7. Hockey. The Harperites will continue to march multi-millionaire hockey players in front of cameras as they declare their allegiance to the “low-taxes-for-the-rich” policies of the CPC.

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Raising the bar

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Trudeau’s closing remarks last night summed up what I have been saying for many years – the bar can be raised. Canadians don’t have to settle for a bar that is touching the ground.

Harper has placed that bar so low on so many fronts: foreign affairs, the environment, fiscal policy… The list goes on. 

The bar can be and should be raised. And the only way to do this is to oust Harper.

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The only real downer over my holidays…

Friday, August 7th, 2015

…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime.

And we had to say that Harper has been the only one.

My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than the sheer and cynical acquisition and retention of power.

It is time for a change.

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Um. Ok. Where are the Cons going with this one?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

A Netflix tax?

When nothing has been said about this by, like, anyone?

Did the PMO shortpants get a rogue focus group? Were they eating shrooms when they came up with this?

Can someone please explain?

 

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How long till Harper is unemployed, you ask?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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The CPC, liars since 2006…

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit.

Like, what do they know?

The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.

  

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Harper is at the post, and there goes the starter’s pistol!!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Lots of speculation in the MSM and social media about when Stevie is going to visit the GG. The conventional wisdom is that he will make the walk (naw, he’ll be driven) sometime in August in order to make a long campaign a reality; a campaign where the CPC can spend, spend, spend their way to another victory.

The signs are already there for anyone who cares to look:

  • The Annual Steve Shows He Cares About The North Tour™ has been cancelled for this year.
  • Skippy gave away his gazillions to each and every family with kids in the country…until tax time, of course.
  • The polls are inexplicably showing CPC strength and upward trends in most of the country (hmmm… might be tied to Skippy’s Gazillions™?)
  • The Duffster trial is due to crank up again on August 11, with Sir Nigel up as the first witness. The Harper brain-trust (which is, of course, Steve and Steve alone) might think it wise to get the campaign rolling just as the trial resumes in order to front-load any potential damage that the trial may have into the earliest part of the campaign… then spend gazillions on ads designed to change the channel.

So if August, then when?

I looked up some Canada-related significant dates in August, as we know that SH the PM is very into tying himself to the past…

Aug. 13, 1535 – Cartier becomes the first European to sail into the St. Lawrence River, which he believes is a route to Asia. Two sons of Iroquois Chief Donnacona, who are guiding Cartier, refer to their native village as Canada, the explorer’s first exposure to the name.

Aug. 3, 1876 – The first telephone call between separate buildings is made by inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in Mount Pleasant, Ont., to his uncle, David Bell, in Brantford, Ont.

Aug. 12, 1728 – Danish sailor Vitus Johassen Bering sails through the strait that now bears his name in an expedition that would prove that Asia and North America are some 60 kilometres apart.

Aug. 4. 1914 – Following Germany’s invasion of Belgium, Britain declares war on Germany. Canada, as part of the British Empire, is engaged in the war as well.

Aug. 19, 1942 – Canadian troops sustain major losses in a raid on the French port of Dieppe. Nearly 1,000 Canadians die and another 1,800 are taken prisoner.

Aug. 10, 1960 – The Bill of Rights, specifying the rights of Canadians, becomes law. (OK. I just threw this one in to see if you were paying attention! We all know that Harper would never make an election announcement on a day when those pesky “rights” were enshrined!)

Of the above, I would suggest 4th, 13th or 19th. The 4th and 19th both ring loudly in the military history and Steve might be tempted to make the visit on one of those two days. But he runs the risk of pissing off veterans and others as this might be seen as making political hay out of military events (when Steve likes to do, of course).

But, recognising that Harper will not make the northern swing and the still-fairly-recent discoveries of the Franklin ships AND the uptick in ads trumpeting the ol’ true north strong and free motif (the one with the icebreakers), my bet would be on the 12th. It is a Wednesday, not so early that Canadians would grumble about having their summers “ruined”, but not so late as to take full advantage of the CPC war chest. That date is also 13 days after the latest GDP numbers are released… numbers that may quite possibly show that we are indeed in a recession. AND the Wright testimony should be over by then, allowing Harper to go into damage-control mode early in the campaign rather than later when Canadians might actually remember this on their way to the polling stations.

Of course, all of the above might be totally off base and the writ will be dropped in September. Who can really know the mind of Sir Steve?

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CAPE budget vote passes…

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

But with only 62% of the vote, it is hardly a landslide. These votes usually are in the 90’s in favour.

I’d love to see the breakdown by Local because I don’t know a single person who voted for this.

Now. How does a Local leave a union?

Stay tuned.

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