Friday, February 29, 2008

A Lot Has Changed In 37 Years...

The ALP released their ads yesterday and the Alberta Young Liberals have also launched their ad campaign, running the following ads in some smaller newspapers:

You can see all four of the poster ads here.


  • Here's what else was goin' down when the Progressive Conservatives were elected in Alberta:

    -China is admitted to the United Nations
    -East Pakistan declared independence in 1971 creating 'Bangladesh'
    -A new stock market index called 'the Nasdaq' debuts
    -Women are granted the right to vote in Switzerland
    -The Walt Disney World Resort opens in Florida
    -In Uganda, Idi Amin leads a coup and becomes president.
    -Trudeau's first term as Prime Minister
    -War Measures Act lifted in Canada (imposed in October 1970)
    -Richard Nixon's first presidential term
    -Jim Morrison, singer for The Doors dies in Paris
    -Charles Manson sentenced to death (later commuted)
    -Major films of 1971: Love Story - Summer of '42 - The French Connection
    -The Voting Age in the United States is lowered to 18 yrs old
    -The Alberta Progressive Conservatives under Peter Lougheed defeat the 36 year old Social Credit government

    Isn't it time for a change of government in Alberta?

    By Blogger leftdog, at 8:32 p.m.  

  • Wow. Those are great ads.

    "2008: Ed Stelmach has yet to understand the internet." Brilliant.

    By Blogger The Fwanksta, at 9:00 p.m.  

  • Poignant, brilliant, and hilarious. Well played, AYL.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:45 p.m.  

  • The top ad will certainly BACKFIRE!

    Who on earth would want to change PERFECTION?

    What an unfortunate error. = TG

    By Blogger TonyGuitar, at 9:56 p.m.  

  • That's why they want to form a government? Cars and the Internet? Lame-o

    --signed a member of the Liberal party of canada before you get all uppity on me

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:52 p.m.  

  • "Alberta" is only, what, 4 times larger than "Liberal"? Could they make "Liberal" any smaller?

    By Blogger Brian Dell, at 12:09 a.m.  

  • Brian, the election is on Monday. Shouldn't you be door-knocking or something? :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 a.m.  

  • Good ads. Clever without being nasty.

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 12:44 a.m.  

  • "Could they make "Liberal" any smaller?"

    No, if they made it any smaller it would be the Wildrose Alliance.

    You know they used to say about fringe parties "their whole caucus could fit in a phone booth." Of course these days, there aren't many phone booths around, thanks to cell phones. I'm pretty sure though, you could fit the entire post-election WildRose Alliance caucus in a cell phone.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 1:42 a.m.  

  • Wow. Give whoever thought that campaign up a raise.

    By Blogger Idealistic Pragmatist, at 6:19 a.m.  

  • A lot has changed in the last 37 years. Shouldn't our government?

    What a lame slogan. If two parties were completely tied in every other respect, I'd probably vote for the non-incumbent as the tie-breaking criteria, but in any other situation, "change for the sake of change" is an incredibly stupid deciding factor.

    Granted, the Liberals are far from alone in this area, as "time for a change" and its variants are probably the most common slogans among opposition parties in any democracy.

    BTW, using a car from 1971 as a prop was something Nancy Macbeth did in 2001. How'd that turn out? ;)

    Brian, the election is on Monday. Shouldn't you be door-knocking or something? :)

    His potential voters probably wouldn't like him banging on their door after midnight. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 a.m.  

  • Of course, the most important factor in deciding who to vote for is how well they can sing.

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 10:40 a.m.  

  • very lame, perhaps even qualifies as crippled.

    Time for some real ads.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:46 a.m.  

  • There's a girl I like who's been dating a real loser for 12 years. I'll use this same approach on her and see if it works.

    In the mean time Taft ought to do a little bit more research on the Tories if he can't find any mistakes and this is the best reason he can think of to change government!

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 11:54 a.m.  

  • "Taft ought to do a little bit more research on the Tories if he can't find any mistakes..."

    For a second, I was about to chastise the pro-Tory posters for their singular lack of humour. Then rv comes up with that absolute howler.

    ...or wait: he was joking, wasn't he?

    By Blogger refill, at 12:14 p.m.  

  • I'm not joking. There has to be a hundred legitimate reasons to turf the Tories. Can't Taft find one and campaign on that instead?

    P.S. I don't know how you can consider that statement pro-Tory.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 1:46 p.m.  

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