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Conservatives Clock the Count

May 14th, 2009

The Conservative Party took a different tack against Michael Ignatieff than Stéphane Dion.With Dion, they attacked right away, not giving him a chance to get comfortable in his job and in the process, defined him before he could define himself.

With Michael Ignatieff, they seemed to be holding back, let Ignatieff define himself. When they finally released some negative ads yesterday, some of the Tory faithful said, at last. But the original strategy was, in my opinion, effective. The more Canadians see Ignatieff, the less they will like him. Let the Canadian people begin to have their doubts, save your response until an election, then release it all at once: a little shock and awe politics.  That’s what I thought they were doing, and that’s what I thought would be effective.

Then yesterday, the Conservatives released this ad:

Know what I got out of this ad: Tory Times are Tough Times. Who approved an ad that had the central message from The Liberals negative ads running right through the middle of it? And who puts out a negative attack ad accusing the other guy of using negative attack ads?

But even after those blunders, what is the main theme of this ad? Ignatieff wasn’t in Canada all those years. For some people, me included, that could be construed as a positive.  A little international man about town would be a nice change from the base provincialism that’s grinding the gears off so much in this country.  And it sure beats the professional politicians that are running the country into the ground now.

There’s a fair amount to dislike about Michael Ignatieff, very little substance to his politics among them.  There was not one of those reasons on display for this ad, and that’s why it’s simply not good enough.

h/t Gerry

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  1. Durward
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:02 | #1

    The Libertarian party’s ad was better, in fact the more I read of the Libertarian party the more I like them.
    They seem more Conservative than the Conservatives.
    We should wait for Obama to implode, it won’t be long, before an election so we can point to him and his disastrous policies that are hamstringing the USA’s recovery.
    He now has only 35% support and is failing fast.

  2. Ted
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:07 | #2

    That’s because they ARE more conservative than the Conservatives.

  3. ian
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:19 | #3

    I hope there is another shoe to drop with this ad program because this ad is poor!

  4. wilson
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:30 | #4

    Tory Times are Tough Times

    It is excellent strategy to beat the opposition to the bunch, to go where they will go, first.

    Come back:
    These are tough times, and as usual, Tories are elected to govern in tought times.

    Canadians are not stupid.
    But do they know that the Liberals raided the EI fund to fake surpluses?
    Do they know that Chretien/Martin slayed the deficit with funds from the illegal taxation of Canadian workers and employers?

  5. wilson
    May 14th, 2009 at 12:32 | #5


    Did you check out this truth website? Be sure to click around the entire magazine, it’s fantastic!

  6. Mikhail
    May 14th, 2009 at 13:43 | #6

    It’s a lousy ad. It looks cheap and it’s not funny or memorable. All the so called subtlety of this ad will be lost on the viewers. It will not sway a single non-CPC member.

    It’s a waste of money, and the PM is getting bad advice (if he is listening to it). The only people who like this ad so far are the “yes men” and “yes women” of the CPC.

    My decision to stop donating money to the CPC and give it to Ezra Levant and the CSSA was obviously the correct one. At least they are doing some good with my dollars.

    Smarten up!

  7. bert
    May 14th, 2009 at 16:51 | #7

    Get the name of the ads straight….They are truth ADS not attack ads.

  8. bert
    May 14th, 2009 at 17:00 | #8

    The ads are meant to inform the masses who don,t follow politics ,but blindly vote Liberal every election because their parents and grandparents voted Liberal.Just maybe one or two will see the silliness of having this man (Iggy)become the PM of Canada after living most of his adult life in other countries.He would be a Prime Minister of convenience, like a lot of our Lebanese immigrants.Or have you forgotten about that episode in our history.

  9. Mikhail
    May 14th, 2009 at 17:14 | #9

    “Truth Ads”, “attack ads”, will Canadians care? Hell no.

  10. wilson
    May 14th, 2009 at 18:41 | #10

    Be sure to check out the new website

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