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Conservatives Jumping the Campaign Gun

September 5, 2008

This has been reported already(and here), but it hasn’t seemed to gain a lot of attention. I just received another two flyers yesterday from the Conservative party. The flyers each describe some hot button issue such as crime or drugs or defence that the Conservatives feel they have an advantage on. It also includes a mock election ballot form with the Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green party leader names and pictures. It looks like a real ballot.

They want us to send them back and let them know who we think should lead.

I have a few problems with this. Campaign advertising is fine. But the campagin hasn’t started yet! That means the conservatives are using other government funds to pay for what is obviously election campaigning. No wonder they are being investigated about campaign funding issues.

Another problem is that their message is very misleading and shows the same strategy that they always follow, smear the liberals as ineffectual and try to strengthen their oponents while complaining the conservatives don’t get a fair consideration by the media. That about sums up their campaign I’d say.

We’ll see if it works. Looks like Sunday will be the starting bell. Hopefully these flyers can just be added on to the list of investigations if they ever get started again.

Update: Well it looks as if Election Canada would disagree with me, apparently it is ok to campaign before thee election starts. Thats dissapointing, and its one of those things that should be changed.  But they did point out that all the spending must come from campaign budget.  In Harper’s case, it represents some strong hypocrisy, for someone who wanted to have fixed election dates to remove power from the Prime Minister’s hands.  He not only called the election early, breaking his own law, he began campaigning early to fully take advantage of his foreknowledge.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Don permalink
    September 8, 2008 5:47 am

    “Campaign advertising is fine. But the campagin hasn’t started yet! That means the conservatives are using other government funds to pay for what is obviously election campaigning. No wonder they are being investigated about campaign funding issues.”

    You can’t possibly believe that the Conservatives would be stupid enough to use government funds to advertise/promote the Conservative party, do you? It’s illegal, they would be shut down before even starting.

    As for the other charges being investigated, let’s let due process run it’s course. if they broke the law, then there’s consequences, but due process means there’s a trial, and the allegations made against them are proven in court of law.

  2. September 8, 2008 11:57 pm

    Well, its still not clear if the stuff they were doing last election with the in and out funds to riding associations was legal. Unfortunately the investigations into that will be cancelled due to their election call, so much for due process.

    Now, suppose there is some way for them to do this legally. Its still not right. You shouldn’t be campaigning before the election actually begins. I know all parties do it, but this mailing was above and beyond. They are really pushing it. Even with the radio commercials out on sunday, they’ve got everything ready to go and they’re going to try to overwhelm the opposition with advertising.

    Maybe it’ll work, but its crass and you still need to answer policy questions. Hopefully Canadians are suspicious of an American style add blitz that assumes we can all be convinced just because the flyer is pretty and Dion looks goofy when he puts his arms up in the air.

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