Monday, September 29, 2008
Good night, and thanks for all the fish!
Friday, September 26, 2008
At least a Liberal supporter showed enough leadership save Dion from the media.
Liberal supporter: This meeting is being hijacked by these...media people.
Media person: It's a press conference!?
Liberal supporter: Oh, is it? Thank you very much..the people here..
Liberal Dion handler: Another question from the media please..
The Liberals should make that guy the new leader!
LOL. This Liberal uses the same video above, to show what a GOOD job Dion is doing. And that he is, "the sort of leader we need in Canada."
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Stephane Dion: The economic sky is falling, and me I have nothing to offer but to panic!
Who are you going to vote for? Yep, and so are a lot of other people.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Garth Turner: "I did not think to change the wording on my website from the Garth Turner campaign to the Halton Liberal Association, so cheque-writers would face no delays or hassles in getting tax receipts. Whoops. Screw up."
The gist is that if Garth moved over $1100 from his Garth Turner trust account, into his Garth Turner Liberal Candidate account, it may be illegal, and he is spending money on his campaign that he is not entitled to spend.
After all, replacing the commander in chief should he/she not be available for whatever reason, isn't that the role of the VP?
Regardless, shrewd move by McCain. Not to mention the right move for the good of their country..they need to focus.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Good article by Margaret Wente on Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and Carbon taxes like the Greens and Liberals are proposing.
I always wondered how the European countries that adopted Carbon taxes had done.
Now that I know..yikes!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I LOVE the Dion fist pump at the end! I always thought it would be used in an ad, but I thought the ad would be from the Conservatives or NDP, ROTFLMAO.
Update: Ok, it's not just me...
The ad uses footage of Mr. Dion chairing a discussion of the Kyoto accord at a 2005 United Nations summit meeting on the environment. He is seen chastising a recalcitrant delegate who is neither seen nor named. He pulls off his headset and delivers his big line: "You should ... (pause, shrug) express your case to the world, please." Cut to Mr. Dion hoisting his fists in the air to celebrate victory. Huh? Ottawa Citizen
Saturday, September 20, 2008
As a prime example, he's railed against Gerry Ritz for making off-colour Listeria jokes regarding the death of an MP, but he is all for supposedly funny death watches regarding his Conservative opponent, Lisa Raitt. (below)
It is one thing for some random blogger to post such a thing - heck, there's worse stuff than that out there - and it is a freedom of expression thing. But for an MP to post and advertise something like that is another matter altogether.
It reeks of bad judgement.What needs to happen is clear, Garth Turner needs to apologize, and Stephane Dion must demand Garth step aside as a Liberal candidate. If not, the entire Liberal Party cannot be taken seriously when they claim they want to raise the level of political debate.
Bad timing for a party that was getting some lift from the Ritz comments, but..once again, Garth Turner bites the hand..
Update: Garth has taken down the offending photo. Not because it was the right thing to do, but only because, " rabid Conservative bloggers would love to misinterprete this, accusing me of pulling a Gerry Ritz in Halton". Nice guy.
Friday, September 19, 2008
If it actually makes it to air, this is going to blow up in the Liberals faces.
A new low is right.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
* "Develop sector-based industrial strategies."
* "Stop the export of Canadian jobs overseas through new, manufacturing-friendly trade policies while adopting a Made-in-Canada procurement policy for the federal government and its agencies."
The Conservatives can mitigate the damage from the Gerry Ritz story. Resign Ritz..and replace him with Michael Chong.
Chong is a sure fire ontario vote winner..his riding is near the outbreak source..he's young and competent. He's all the media will be talking about.
Better Michael Chong than Gerry Ritz.What Michael Chong could say about his opposition to the nation motion: "About the Quebec nation resolution, let me say one thing...I may have disagreed with the method, but I agree with the results. And what we have now is a strong Quebec nation, in a Canada more united than it has ever been. I look forward to serving all the people of this great country."
Looking forward to Ignatieff's shot at making Dion look weak.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Garth Turner was been caught red handed misleading, and angering, CPAC. He appeared on a CPAC program, canvassing what he professed were random voters, when if fact, one of the surprisingly friendly voters he canvassed was actually his campaign manager's son.
In the CPAC video, Garth pleads his innocence, but how is it possible he didn't realize he was talking to his long time co-worker's son? Had they never met before? Why didn't Garth immediately inform the CPAC crew that he knew this individual? Why did they both act like they didn't know each other?...so many unanswered questions...Steve Janke provides the background story, while Stephen Taylor has the video of CPAC anchor Peter Van Dusen demanding Garth explain himself.
The Liberals need a postive. Is this ad it?
I'm of the opinion that simple works, ads with too much talking and loud music don't.
I don't recall the Goldwater "Daisy" ad having a soundtrack, and that's the type of ad impact the Libs need right now.
This ad, while professionally done, is a bit too complicated; and does not focus enough on a single issue enough to be effective.
Cut income taxes, shift to pollution
"Oh!", shouted millions of Canadians, "now I get it!" Actually, when he first used it at a campaign stop, the blank looks on the faces of the media made Dion add, "why is it so hard for you to understand?"
Why? Here's six more words that describes your new slogan: Dumb as a bag of hammers.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
So it's not that the people of Quebec don't like Dion because of his weak leadership, and his actions as the bespectacled bully of confederation, no, it's because he is so successful. What?
If what this Liberal says is true, why aren't they at the gates of Celine Dion's mansion, with the pitchforks, tar, etc?
Because it's not true. Thibeault is throwing out excuses and slurs to cover the fact that Stephane Dion just is not an attractive option. Rather, he is the Montreal Mistake.
Free advice to the Liberal Party: Next time, perhaps don't let the booze flow quite so freely at your leadership convention. When people drink, accidents happen.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Watch for Stephen Harper in an upcoming episode of This Hour has 22 Minutes. A brief clip was played on CBC Newsworld this afternoon. Priceless.
Update..this story is starting - to - spread, it would be wise of the CPC to get some footage of the handcuff line out on the net.
Upperdate..here's the video. At the end you can hear the CBC staff cracking up.
Superdate..Geri Hall for PM!
1. The media is looking for gaffes from the Conservatives, and they will highlight them more than they will mistakes from the other parties. I know, the old tin-foil hat conspiracy of media bias..but it's true. And it's the #1 reason that tight message control is required.
2. The father of a deceased soldier can say whatever he wants, without retribution, correction, or perspective setting. His son paid the ultimate price, leave it alone.
3. The puffin poo. Maybe it was a clever way to drive more eyeballs to notaleader.ca, and had the added effect of an image of Dion being crapped on out into the media. Great, if it was the only "mistake", then you could claim it was perhaps a bit of cleverness. But when other genuine mistakes follow, it gets lumped in with those.
4. Despite the above, the Liberals haven't gained any traction outside of the media and punditry. This shows how weak they really are. Clever stunts aren't required to wipe out the Liberals, they'll do that themselves. All the CPC has to do is run a consistent and gimmick free campaign, and a majority is the likely result.
5. Many of the CPC mistakes are correctable because the Conservatives have a professional organization, with the ability to make change quickly. The Liberal mistakes have not been covered as widely, but the Libs suffer from disorganization and lack of central control, so Liberal gaffes will - continue - to - happen. For Liberal gaffes to be covered though, they need to be the only gaffes in town.
Week one is almost out of the way, lessons have been learned, apply those lessons for the coming weeks.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
But there should also be a new debate. A True Leader's Debate between the only two indviduals that have a realistic shot of actually leading the country after this election.
Let's have a debate between Harper, and Dion, about where they would lead the country. The other debate is becoming a joke, a crowded joke. Canada needs a True Leaders Debate.
(Former Parti Quebecoise Cabinet Minister Jacques) Brassard said Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe has turned his party into a "clone" of the left-of-centre NDP. He added the Bloc appears to have put independence issues on the back burner and questioned the party's relevancy.
Both the Bloc and the Liberal Party are going to be net losers, at the net benefit of both the Tories and NDP. The NDP will most certainly come back to Ottawa with more seats than the Bloc..if not the Liberals. (Wow..could that actually happen?)
Instead we get exhaustive coverage of the pooping puffin (which drove thousands more eyeballs to notaleader.ca than normally would have visited, although that part of the story was not covered by the media), and Harper saying that if he had to describe himself as a vegetable, he'd prefer to be a fruit, sweet and colourful.
Yeesh. The major media frenzies so far have been about the Liberal campaign plane not being ready, and the puffin. The Conservatives can blame an overeager web designer for the pooping puffin, but the nation's newsrooms have no one to blame but themselves for the thus far pathetic coverage of election 2008.
Thank God for the unfiltered goodness that is CPAC.
I believe the puffin issue is done..as of..now.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Does Dion not recognize that most Green Party supporters are one time Liberal Party supporters? Why does Dion insist on giving them preferential treatment, when all they are doing is stealing votes from him?
Dion needs to start distancing himself from May, his deal is starting to come back to haunt him.
Or, if Dion wants to continue to have his votes drift away, and he wants Elizabeth May in the debates so bad, why doesn't he just debate her himself? I'm sure all the networks would cover it.
Because she would steal thousand and thousands of votes, at almost $2.00 each, from the Liberal Party. The Liberals literally can't afford any more financial seepage, they need to try to get those voters back. A new Green vote is likely a lost Liberal vote. Agreeing to allow the Greens into the debate, while fruitless, was a misguided decision.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
They also report that the plane won't be ready to fly by Sunday, the day of the election call. It won't be ready until the middle of the week.
Daniel Lauzon, a spokesman for the Liberal Party, confirmed that its jet, rented from Montreal-based Air Inuit, won’t be ready until Wednesday. Mr. Dion will meanwhile travel with journalists by bus to campaign events in central Ontario and Quebec.Unacceptable. You need to have your plane on the tarmac, and jet off somewhere on the first day of a campaign. Why?
Both Harper and Layton went from Quebec to the West..today. Both parties will have fresh footage of local rallies in Vancouver and Calgary for nightly local news election coverage out west. By that time, Dion's dated Ottawa presser will be a foot-note.
Knowing their media brethren are jetting across Canada on a daily basis, in a modern jet with seat-back entertainment consoles..how friendly do you think the Liberal bus-ensconced media feel?
People are starting to think of the Liberals as broke and unorganized..why start an election with a move that will reinforce that?
The plane had to be ready, if not for anything other than optics..evidenced from the current, less than flattering, media coverage.
So..at election call time..always have a plane ready, and take your leader from coast to coast on the first day.