Sunday, December 11, 2005

War Rooms

The Bloc have some fun videos up of Jean Lapierre on their website. Fun because:
a) He's got a goofy mustache
b) He's talking about sovereignty

Update: Wells has a good post on Lapierre up.

Also, the NDP take aim at the Liberal commercials. You see, it turns out the "ordinary Canadians" in them are all prominent LPC members. I'm kind of sad I wasn't asked to appear in them - as always, Calgary Liberals get ignored...


  • This may anger some people as it is a politically incorrect statement, but looking at the Liberal ads you immediately see a lot of diversity. You have white, black, brown, Chinese as well as people in BC, ON, SASK and so on. The ads are really well made, articulate the Liberal achievements very well (particularly about the Charter) and feature lots of minorities as well.

    The CPC ads (besides being terrible - why the need to act?) feature no such diversity or minorities.

    I don't put much importance on the fact that they are prominent Liberals. 'Attack the messenger not the message' flaw. The NDP better buckle up and actually become a force in this election.

    By Blogger mezba, at 12:51 a.m.  

  • I'd rather see a party volunteer talking about why they support their party than a paid actor reading off a script.

    That said, a little more info than their name and hometown would be useful to clear the air. Would stating their affiliation really affect the ad?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 a.m.  

  • "Would stating their affiliation really affect the ad?"

    What, because the the comma and the word "Liberal" next to their names weren't enough?

    'cmon, does anyone actually believe that ANY political ad is not scripted or planned in some way? Moreover, I've actually spoken to people who were involved in the making of the ad and the comments actually were spontaneous - they just edited the best parts together.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 a.m.  

  • In fairness, I'd give the ads a thumbs up. The NDP Christmas ad is still my favourite, but the "30 million reasons" are the ONLY other ads out there that are even remotely good.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:50 a.m.  

  • The Liberal ads are just better… plain and simple. The come across in a more representative way. They’re casual in tone and spot on in terms of general attitude. Let’s face it, these things are more about evoking feeling and emotion than nailing specific policy positions. This is where the Conservatives go completely off the rails with this series of ads they’re currently running on TV, the ones that read like a completely fake news broadcast. Who’s brilliant idea was THAT? Fire them immediately. Or don’t… NO, I retract that. Keep them churning out more. They’re horrid.

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 4:58 a.m.  

  • Are the NDP trying to tell me that political ads are partisan... OMG... my world is suddenly falling apart. :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 a.m.  

  • In some parts of the country "prominent" Liberals may have participated.

    In other parts and apparently for the most part the people in the Liberal spots are oridnary supporters of the party.

    The spots are clean, simple and reflect the message they wanted to convey.

    As someone else said, they are better than a bunch of paid actors and Steve harper reading a (bad) script very badly.

    By Blogger Edward Hollett, at 11:07 a.m.  

  • The ads are inflammatory.

    30 million reasons is supposed to mean 30 million citizens?

    Don't count my daughters, please. Paul Martin and Ken Dryden are doing nothing for them - except falsely use them for partisan gain.

    And the charter stuff is offensive. This country is more, and has to be more, than just one political party. This isn't the Soviet Union where the great communist revolution is protected by the communist party alone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 p.m.  

  • They should put Scott Reid in the ads - nice comments on parents using the Con child care rebate for beer and popcorn. Very smart - what a c!@#...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 p.m.  

  • Scott Reid is a mean-spirited little fellow with Stalinist tendencies.

    I've commented before on how creepy Paul Martin is - but the whole entourage: Scott, comfy fur Murphy, Gandalf Earnescliffe... all creepy, creepy, creeps.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 p.m.  

  • I've said it before, and I've said it again.

    Even as a self-confessed "Conservative" (or so I keep telling myself) the Liberal and NDP ads are miles above the mediocrety that is the CPC ads.

    They just have a "professional" feel to them that the CPC doesn't have, and anyone telling you the contrary is obviously slightly partisan and definetly blind.

    Personally I like the NDP TV ads, but as for other mediums, the Bloc won me over with it's Radio ads. (Yes, you have to be "French" to understand them)

    By Blogger Daniel Lalonde, at 1:44 p.m.  

  • I know this is off topic, but I am trying to spread this around the Canadian blogs. Please take it with you when you go somewhere else. I have spent entirely too much time on american blogs and don't know my way around at home as I should.
    Another American bad idea to keep out of Canada! Let's stick with paper, pencil and handcounted votes. Make sure your area isn't doing business with any of these companies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:14 p.m.  

  • The best one so far is the mock-bloc site which appeared through progressive bloggers this morning

    i havent laughed that hard in a while

    By Blogger Anthony, at 2:23 p.m.  

  • For even more humour, see the "creative" response to the mythical Call for Tenders: Liberal Ethics.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:12 p.m.  

  • First Scott Reid says on CBC this morning that Canadian parents will spend their $1200 daycare funding on "beer and popcorn".

    (Audio link of interview available at under "Campaign Promises")

    Then on CTV Question Period today, John Duffy, given a chance to retract by Tim Powers, instead reasserts Reid's slam on Canadian parents.

    (Video link available at... RHS under "Party strategists...")

    I'd say Martin is in for a rough ride on the 16th.


    It's nice to know exactly what Liberals think of Canadian parents, eh? Certainly clears the air on this topic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:44 p.m.  

  • That the federal Liberals claim to have a monopoly on the charter is quite funny. Quebec had its own by 1975, under Robert Bourassa. It's not like Trudeau invented anything.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:01 p.m.  

  • I too noticed the lack of diversity. No excuse for that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:27 p.m.  

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