01.21.2011 08:05 AM

Best Tweet of 2011 (so far)

@stphnmaher: Launch of Liberal attack ads convince me there will definitely be an election this spring or not.

21 Comments

  1. Mike L says:

    It occured to me this morning. You want to know how Liberals can prevent younger voters from voting Conservative? Keep showing that picture of him with Chad Kroeger from Nickelback.

    • Namesake says:

      Better yet, show him with Justin Bieber: notice — the same hair. (‘Luke, I am your father. Welcome to the dark side.’)

  2. Cath says:

    Just had a boo at the Liberal “attack” ads…which I don’t think come close to “attacking” at all. Very mild on subjects most ordinary Canadians don’t even have on their radars these days. The Fighter Jet ad has some respectable photos of Harper and some impressive shots of our jets in action. The Corporate Tax Cut ad moves in on NDP territory which they can’t be too happy about.

    Simply – these ads will not dent the PM’s armor.

    I’m not sure about the strategy of asking a question at the end rather than ending with a statement of fact. “Is this your Canada or is it Harper’s” – one and the same.

    Oh and nothing promoting the LPOC leader at all or indication of what Ignatieff would do with these issues.

    • Mike says:

      LPOC ought to use this image of Harper in their “attack” ads–goes to the heart of our PM’s real personality:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Krustytheclown.png

    • Namesake says:

      And I’m not sure we can put any stock in the feedback from CPC partisans, who surely aren’t the target audience, anyway. But thanks for writing in!

      Oh, and in our Canada (which the PM wants to be unrecognizable when he’s through with it), it’s “armour,” and the PM’s is looking a wee bit rusty, since even Angus Reid’s bullish panellists are evenly split on whether they’re worse off after 5 years of him.

      http://www.visioncritical.com/public-opinion/5484/canadians-offer-mixed-reviews-on-the-effect-of-harpers-government/

    • Riley says:

      People are worried about buying groceries. Do YOU want to spend $16 billion for 65 airplanes? Without seeing if we could even get a better deal? The message is clear no money for groceries…lots of money for arms dealers.

    • The Doctor says:

      I agree with Cath about the corporate tax cut ad, i.e., that it could have come straight out of the NDP war room. All the same stuff you tend to hear from Jack Layton about Big Corporations, articulated in ominous tones. So I wonder about that, trying to out-Dipper the Dippers.

      I’ve yet to see polling data on the issue, but I can see the fighter jet thing working for the Liberals, mainly because I’m old enough to remember the EH-101 thing back in 1993, and Chretien spun that into political gold. Although so many things went right for the Liberals and wrong for the Tories in 1993, I suppose it’s difficult to say whether this or that issue was the cause . . .

    • Philip says:

      Cath is underwhelmed by new LPC ads. Not exactly breaking news is it? Best tell the headline writers they can knock off and go home early.

    • Leon Brule says:

      I agree with Cath. Those Fighter Jets, we helped develop and the ad about corporate taxcuts is dishonest. A taxcut is NOT a giving of taxpayer money. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Conservatives use that ad as an example of Liberal respect for taxpayers, which is not much given the ad’s blatant use of intellectual dishonesty

      • Namesake says:

        We helped develop the Space Shuttle, too (with the Canadarm) so we could benefit from that technology & throw some business to our aerospace industry.

        Did that mean we promised to buy 65 of them?

  3. james curran says:

    What is that old adage again? Oh yes. Throwing good money after bad.

    Unless these ads are the beginning of a prolonged and massive campaign of a trickle down theory whereby the ads at the end of the campaign are far more meaningful, the Liberals have FAILED to identify what is on the minds of Joe Canada. Hint: It ain’t jets.

    Too bad too, cause I thought the “are you better off” theme was a winner.

  4. The “heart” of our Prime Minister’s personality was put very well on a comment that I read this morning…….”LARGE AND IN CHARGE”!!!!!!!!
    Like another “LARGE AND IN CHARGE” prime minister was reputed to have said:”somebody has to be “da” boss.
    Question(s):Can Canada afford to pay for an election?Can Canadians afford to pay for an election?Can the liberals really afford($) an election or can they afford not to??
    Canadians like/love to flaunt themselves as being tolerent,inclusive and open to compromise……….except when it comes to politics.

  5. Malcolm Barry says:

    Pierre Polievre states the Liberal ads were viscious attacks on Harper. Really, who would ever believe him?
    The Liberals have stated their plan on the Jets and also on the Tax relief so lets get at the election and let the people decide. The Liberals have a plan and we can choose who we want as Prime Minister.

  6. Riley says:

    Last year the CEO of Suncore made about $11 million scraping tar out of the ground. Harper wants to give his company even more tax cuts do he can make even more on stock options. Meanwhile you’ll pay more for gas and groceries and anything ended that get shipped by fossil fuel burning methods. Stephen Harper wrong PM wrong priorities. Is this your Canada or Suncore’s?

  7. Namesake says:

    ‘V’ for ObserVant; ‘E’ for Effort

  8. Dan says:

    Pretty sure Harper already has name recgonition, and an associated brand identity with the Conservatives.

    Saying another candidate’s name only works when that candidate has low name recgonition. Otherwise you look like an idiot when you say the Conservative Leader, the Repulpican candidate etc.

  9. new says:

    i i agree with 15 billion dollar tax cut from big company if they give their items with the same amount free to poor people

    like we let all canadian walk to LOBLAW AND BUY FOOD FOR A MONTH FREE CAN THEY ALLOW US TO DO THAT
    I DO NOT THINK SO

    IT WAS JUST LAST YEAR THAT CANADA GAVE 20 MILLION FREE TO BUILT HOCKY LOBLAW IN COLLEGE STREET FREE MONEY TO LOBLAW TOO

    BILLIONAR NEVER LOST THIS IS POOR WHO CAN NOT AFFORD BUY FOOD NOW MR. PRESIDENT

    FOR CUT TAX CUT THAT MONEY MUST GO TO FOR SURE TO PENSION OF OLD PEOPLE NOT TO BUY NEW JET LINER FOR TOY GAME
    THIS MONEY MUST SHOW IN THEIR ACCOUNTING BOOK WHERE IT GOES EXACTLY

    IF THIS MONEY CUT THAT BIG COMPNAY PROOF MORE MONEY BACK TO POOR OK IF NOT DO NOT TRUST FUTURE STICK TO NOW

  10. new says:

    I DO NOT MIND RICH GAIN MORE IF THE POOR GET AFFECTED NOT OUTSIDE USA PENTAGON ARMY GAIN OVER OF MONEY LOST HERE
    JUST WAST TIME HERE
    IS LIKE HARPER SAID I DONOT KNOW HOW TO CREAT JOB OR FIX MY PROBLMES I GIVE YOU BRIBE MONE BACK ASK RICH IN CANADA TO HELP HIM COME OUT OF MESS HE IS IN
    HE FOCUS SINCE HE CAME IN ONE GROUP CLOSE TO HIM NOT ALL PEOPLE AROUND HIM IN MAJORITY

    AS RICH GAIN RICHER POOR GET POOER HERE

  11. new says:

    i think harper did wish to become rich man he only like to have power of control all countires and muslim country afanesan iraq and now uae espcially in down
    but harper assitant are not feel the same way harper is thinking
    harper x colonel russel williams like to become rich man even he rub his neighbo 1000 times in 5 years said

    since both harper and colonel rusell williams go to test for film audition
    both become very good actors and ruseel is 45 and 25 in jail he still can live another 25 years with all money if he tell the truth about army of what he really did or told to do it

    harper and his beautiful daughter has audition for film too and has small role in film as well

    why harper close to actore movie film making

    in order to become good pm for canada he must be good actor to play his rol in fake and different faces love hate anger passion as we see other movie star too
    keep change and broke promisies

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