For the last five years, the Harper conservative party has spent millions of dollars attacking the leaders of the opposition parties, with vicious, exaggerated, and fabricated, personal attack ads.
Please allow me to repeat this.
With all the priorities over the last five years, that any government in the G7 should be concentrating on, the Harper conservative party has spent millions of dollars attacking the leaders of the opposition parties, with vicious, exaggerated, and fabricated, personal attack ads.
Millions of dollars, not collected from the twenty to one hundred dollar, heart felt, donations from the 5 million or so, true believers in conservative policies, but from corporations, oil companies, pipeline companies, banks, Canada’s fortune 100, many of whom are no more than foreign owned subsidies.
Corporations, each funneling up to $186,000 a year, through nonprofit, right wing think tanks. Funds to be used for advertising as per Election Canada Rules. Funneled through outfits like the National Citizens Coalition that Harper used to run with it’s large unpublished membership of neoconservative politicos and corporate owned executives.
These viscous and cowardly ads, started on Harper’s first day in power have been none stop, regardless of who the leader of the opposition was. Dion gets booted and the attack switches to Ignatieff.
Meanwhile, when the election starts, Canadians and the Canadian media go on about how they are the dreading the forthcoming political attack ads. Excuse me, there has not been one week during the last five years when Harper’s party has not been attacking the opposition leaders in prime time television ads.
However, it has been a two pronged media buy, with the government using corporately financed advertising to attack the opposition and our money, our tax dollars to positively promote themselves.
The CEAC (Canada’s Economic Action Plan) virtually ended close to a year ago, e.g. home renovation credits ended, the deadline passed for new infrastructure projects. Yet the Harper government spent more money in the last quarter of 2010, (just prior to being booted in contempt of parliament), recycling the Canada’s Economic Action Plan advertising, than Proctor & Gamble or any other private corporation has ever spent in a year in Canada.
This is one of least productive governments in Canadian history, yet by advertising a program that has been described as a pork barreling opportunity for conservative held ridings, a program that ended last July, the government is trying to convince Canadians that they are still working hard to get the economy back on track and convince us, using our own tax dollars.
Being a progressive blogger or probably more accurately of late, a progressive blogger follower, none of this is news. We collectively have been pounding the keyboards about this for the last five years.
Hell, I’ve given up on adding the media links to my posts, to somehow prove what I am saying has some truthiness. If you don’t believe it or don’t get it, you have not been paying attention. In reality if you are not part of the progressive bubble, we are screaming into everyday, you are not reading this post anyway.
However it is election time and Willy has been talking to none politicos, dinner parties and the like. The great unwashed, well off, old, white, men, who are disgusted at political attack ads and believe that they are a waste of time.
Yet they are unsure about Ignatieff, because somehow he seems to be in it for himself and the Harper government seems to be working hard on the recovery.
Canadian youth can own this election, because all the old farts I am talking to are stupid.