Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Partisan government advertising: A beloved Conservative tactic

As I was watching a part of question period today, Thomas Mulcair made a point that I noticed also. Last weekend, on Saturday to be exact, I was listening to my radio when I heard an ad praising all the work that the government has put into providing stimulus to the economy. It also mentioned the highly contentious figure of 80% of the stimulus being spent. So, as my attention was arrested by all these exploits of our beloved government, I almost missed the tagline at the end of the ad.

I had been expecting to hear, a message from the Conservative Party of Canada. After all, there is a potential election brewing, and it would be natural for the Conservatives to be issuing such ads. Seems that they have been, but they are using government money, and the authority of the government to get their message across.

This is underhanded politics at its best. Using all the powers of a government against other political parties is something the Conservatives should be ashamed of. In fact, it is so underhanded that I am surprised I have heard no outrage about it (maybe I haven't looked close enough). After all, the first outrage I've seen was today in Question Period.

So, here is your opportunity. Leave a comment and tell me what you think. I'm almost tempted to say that this is such a gross step over the line that Ignatieff should topple the government on this alone.
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  1. Nazis.

  2. Also a beloved LIBERAL tactic, lest you forget history; I'm hardly a fan of the government spending MY money to tell me what a fantastic job they think they're doing spening MY money, but the Conservatives have got a LONG way to go to get even close to catching up to the Liberals in that regard.


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