The Harper people have just issued a series of ads attacking Stephane Dion.  The ads claim Dion is a poor leader, ineffectual on the environment and ignorant of foreign affairs.  Some claim these ads cost a half a million dollars and one will play to the audience of the Super Bowl on Sunday.  It is all well and good to say these ads don’t work, that they will backfire but in fact all the evidence shows that they do work.  The purpose of the Tories with this enormous expenditure of money is to define Harper as a weakling before he his has time to define himself.  Especially in view of the fact that these ads work, is it legitimate to show them especially to millions of people around the world on this Sunday’s Super Bowl?   



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    Barbara Says:

    I don’t understand what you mean by saying that the purpose of the Tories …is to define Harper as a weakling before he has time to define himself. Perhaps you mean their purpose is to define Dion that way.

    Harper is unlikely to win back many votes in Quebec with those ads. I doubt he will get much in Ontario either. If you are a Harper Conservative, then you don’t need convincing. If you are a Liberal, you would be annoyed. If you are NDP, than it is irrelevant.

    By the way, I doubt if those ads will be seen anywhere but Canada during the Super Bowl. I don’t even think we see the ads the Americans see during the Super Bowl. Another reason not to watch the Super Bowl.

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    You are right, Barbara, it should be Dion. Neil

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    Trouffel Says:

    If Stephane Dion is as ineffectual in leadership as Celine Dion is at singing, then the criticism is undoubtedly justified… Sorry, no need for that.

    It seems to me that the Harper government hasn’t been in power that long and has not had the chance to establish and develop any long term, deep rooted policies. There is already talk of potential rivals to stoke up competition between parties and this is not always a good thing. Yes, having a healthy and vital opposition party is to be applauded, but this should provoke the debate of significant issues and not just speculation on who’s better than who. This advertising campaign shows that already the Harper government has been pulled away from the job of governing and instead become embroiled in attritive political games.

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    alien Says:

    I took a few seconds to think what any party has succeeded in doing that benefitted positively anyone in the last many years, well beside paying out those who were harmed by blood, by disinformation, hmmm, nothing much seems to been achieved. They’re all a bunch of ….., They’re all a bunch of ……, OK, OK, I’ll say it, They’re all a bunch of politicians, hic.

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