They’ll go Negative

Julian Wolfe
February 2nd, 2011

It did not take too long for the Conservative Party of Canada to come out with more attacks, attacks which take Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff out of context and force an unfair manipulation tactic.

“Among other things, the ads were slammed as dishonest, unethical, “a clumsy hatchet job,” and the work of “drunken frat boys.”
City TV

Finally, Canadians stood up and said these ads were disgusting, and within 24 hours, the Harper Conservatives had to take them off the air. However, seeing as how the truth would hurt their momentum in the polls, the Tories claimed the ads as a 24 hour deal and for no longer than 24 hours.

“A party official said the ads were always intended to be “a one-day web posting” and there were never any plans to pay to air them on television.”
City TV

While one party official tried to save face, another tried to make face claiming that the clearly ‘photoshop-ed’ ads were accurate and gave a clear picture to Canadians.

“On the other hand, Greenberg said the Tories may have felt the ads accomplished their mission of mobilizing the Conservative base and drawing attention to Ignatieff’s overheated oratory.”
City TV

Luckily, these ads were preserved on YouTube by other outraged people who are fed up of political mind games – since the Conservatives will only let you see what they want you to see. It remains a shame that there is no political party in the Canadian political scene that surely deserves the vote –  but if one thing is for sure, a party who bases its business on intimidation and unruly gestures does not represent the character of Canadians – at least, I would hope.
The Conservatives wanted you to see the following videos in hopes that it would help them sell their boogey-man picture of Michael Ignatieff. Funny enough, it is usually the person that makes us fear change and opposition that is to be feared the most.

The notion of an election gets attacked first.
Conservatives become defensive over corporate tax cut.

Speaking of the Conservative corporate tax cut, you can read more about it here. Now that the Conservatives’ desperate plea has been shown, let us see what Michael Ignatieff really said.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff came under fire for trying to boost moral and spirit in his party at a party rally, here is what he actually said.

Stephen Harper and his Conservatives attacked Paul Martin’s Liberals for the same type of attack ads back in 2006.

Conservatives promise a positive future.

The Conservatives promised a fresh way of politics, but instead, they have copied the tactics used in the past that they claimed were wrong, and stole a page from the American Republican attack guide. Can we trust a party that goes back on their word?

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