Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Man With No Plan

I don't know a lot about the "Albertans for Change" group but they certainly appear organized and well funded. Few Alberta opposition parties have had the dough to run commercials in recent elections but this group, composed of Alberta unions, is now airing three attack ads directed towards the Premier.

With ominous music, black and white pictures, newspaper headlines, and a repetitive message, these ads are fairly textbook and I suspect they'll be effective. Just as the federal Tory ads (successfully) branded Dion with the "not a leader" tag, these ads will try to paint Stelmach as the man with "no plan". Regardless of whether or not that's true, the message is believable enough that it could stick.

You can watch them online here.

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  • The ghost-whisperer in the second ad verges on camp.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 7:40 p.m.  

  • It may not much of a mystery where the $$$ comes from. The homepage of the group (which you've linked to) says ...

    Albertans for Change is an initiative of the Alberta Building Trades Council and other coalition members including the Alberta Federation of Labour, which together represent nearly 200,000 working Albertans.

    So I'm guessing, and it's only a guess of course, that the dough for the ads came from union dues. I'd be happy for that guess to be proven wrong; otherwise, I wonder how many of those 200,000 working Albertans approved that particular use of their paycheques.

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 1:30 p.m.  

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