• Ken Cunningham posted an update 1 year, 11 months ago

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/11/23/a-little-bit-conservative/

    Here’s something to smile about. I don’t actually know who our candidate is[ shame] or how well they are doing. But if i was them i would be riffing on this like santa gave me an early christmas present.

    Only in Victoria could you run as “a little bit conservative” Not even liberal candidates in Calgary have to abase themselves to that degree[ i sincerely hope]

    Made my day that video. Points for brutal and intended irony.

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    • Thanks for the link, Ken. It’s actually a pretty good ad — once you get beyond the insinuation that the CPC already holds the seat and that a Conservative MP wouldn’t be “shut down!” The ad (which is by a Registered Third Party group actually called We’re a Little Bit Conservative Committee of Victoria) is rather cleverly calling on folks who wouldn’t ordinarily consider themselves “conservative” to be — just this once — conservative enough to vote for the Tory candidate. I don’t admire the cause but I do admire the strategy in this approach.

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      • I see your point it being clever in a sort of craven way, but the message to send someone who wont get shut down, is to me, incredibly obtuse and ironic. After all that’s our line. That the opposition is being shut out of meaningful committee work ect. I mean we could easily use that line in one of our ads, no?
        What i’m curious about is whether the cons are even aware of what that line implies and how it validates opposition complaints about Parliamentary process.
        I’m seriously thinking about sending it over to Rick Mercer…it’s hilarious when you really think about it.

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        • Ken: I agree that it would be great to get this ad in the hands of Rick Mercer. Hope you can make that happen. I also agree that the irony of the “shut down” element of the ad is particularly amusing. We make a mistake, though, if we think that the typical voter parses these kinds of offerings as carefully as we do. That’s what makes the ad effective. Despite it’s flaws and misstatements, it delivers on its makers’ strategic intent – which is to give voters “permission” to vote in a way they wouldn’t otherwise. We’d do well to learn from this kind of advertising.

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          • I often forget that the other parties [particularly the CPC] are not pitching to folks like you and me. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to figure all this out. You’re right. It is an important point for the LPC to remember. The CPC are masters at it.

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    • I would hope that the Liberal, NDP, and Green candiates pounce all over that ad. I’m curious what affordable housing they are talking about? The CPC has never been about affordable housing. If anything, they’ve done the exact opposite by extending mortgage rules (and now tightening them) to cause housing prices to rise exponentially (only to level off when they tighten the rules back to historical norms). As for taxation, the business tax cuts are more an advantage to large business than small business as they allow corporations to sit on much larger amounts of cash – cash that smaller businesses usually plow back into the business out of necessity. And the only cut to personal taxes was the ill-advised cuts to the GST which has created a structural deficit in Ottawa.

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    • That’s a very good ad but for me although I’m a little bit conservative I believe in a woman’s right to choose unlike my M.P. Steven Woodworth. I also believe that knowledge is power but if your a Conservative you screw up things like the Census, withhold information from the opposition and your duly appointed financial watchdog Kevin Page or cut world renowned environmental programs.

      I’m a little bit conservative but I long for a Minister of Finance with the capabilities of Paul Martin.

      I’m a little bit conservative but I’m sane and rational so I am a Liberal and proud of it.

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