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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Let's not get too excited about the new anti-Harper ads

So the Liberals have released a couple of new attack ads highlighting Harper's vulnerabilities and making Iggy feel all warm and squishy.

Great. So you can sling mud and get your guy to wear fuzzy sweaters. I'm sure the Conbots are quaking in their boots.

My dear Liberal friends, you're not going to be judged by how well you can craft attack ads.

And just to underscore my own non-partisan leanings, I'm directing this not just at Liberals (big and small L), but at New Democrats, Greens, and any lingering red or even pinkish Tories who might yet have a vestige of social conscience ...

Canada needs you to set aside your partisanship and internecine sniping, and focus on being effective opposition parties. That means doing whatever it takes to derail the Harper agenda. (News flash: for the moment, he still doesn't have a majority.)

It means working together, openly discussing the possibility of forming a coalition, and crafting a communication strategy and electoral plan that counters the slime the Harper machine will throw at you.

It means finding common ground wherever you can, setting out policy goals that will reverse the direction Harper's taking us in, and setting those policies out in a clear, convincing and electorally appealing way.

It means finding a way to turn the fact that most Canadians don't support the Harper agenda into electoral success.

It means sparing us the sound and fury and hypocrisy when at the end of the day, you're just going to turtle and vote with the government anyway.

That's how you'll be judged. It would be a welcome change. Because when I look at you now, all I see is you poking each other in the eyes, hitting each other with boards, and pieing each other in the face.

All you've been doing is enabling Spiteful Steve and helping him embarrass us internationally and make Canada a smaller, meaner nation.

Yeah, we can do better. No argument there. Question is, are you going to make it possible?

1 comment:

  1. A loud and resounding NO from the NDP and LPC camps.