Of Attack Ads and Coalitions – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 27, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Of Attack Ads and Coalitions – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 27, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – The bell has been rung and the horses have left the gate.  All across Canada the daggers are being aimed.

It’s beyond partisan politics as well.   The reality is that attack ads really do work.  Good attack ads work really well.

Here is one of the most successful attack ads I’ve seen which was part of the most successful attack campaign to date in Canadian history.   The Harper shredding of Stephane Dion.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y27_sPqBDA4

People pooh pooh attack ads, but you can’t beat your opponent when you’re on the defensive and poor Mr. Dion, a very nice and learned man and probably the closest thing we’ll ever have in this country to being an “honest” politician never overcame the attacks.

The key to any good attack ad is that grain of truth, and the larger the grain the larger the result usually.

The Green Party in a very clever twist came out with an attack ad attacking attack ads.   Not enough Canadians have seen this one as the Green Party doesn’t have the media budget than the ultra rich Harper team.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-GekKKNUTU

The problem with attack ads in general is that the real messages of people get lost and never focused on.  The real issues that voters should be considering get lost in the hate and reaction.    That’s not terribly good for Democracy, but it costs a lot less than it would to get a message across.

In the end we get what we vote for which as I’m sure most Canadians can see probably isn’t the best value for the cost.

Coalitions.    The Harper team is leading its attack purely on the legitimate speculation that the Grits will most likely form a coalition!   I know, that must make them communists or worse!   The biggest question that comes to my mind as I read all this hype and spin is simply that if that’s the only ammo the Harper government has to gain the majority confidence of Canadian voters there’s a real red flag showing.   Danger!  Danger!

Personally I’m very concerned for my country.     These are very dark days.   We have real issues facing us; health care reform; the global impact of the recession, and one that doesn’t get talked about, our National autonomy and identity as Canadians.

I’d like to see more from our leaders and parties about those issues.   Daggers and attacks have their place and can be fun, but for me as a voter I want my meat and potatoes.  I want to know that my government is going to represent at least some of my values and do their best to make sure I and my family have more money in my pocket at the end of a year than less.

Those to me are the questions I want answered.  And if means that a few parties have to work together to do what’s best for Canadians I think that’s a damn fine thing.  It’s a shame all our political parties couldn’t work for what’s best for Canada.

What about you?  You can post your comments below my fellow Canadians!

Jamie Gilcig

Editor – Canada Free News

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47 Comments on "Of Attack Ads and Coalitions – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 27, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario"

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Garfield
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Attack ads do work and so does fear mongering. This is a unnecessary election as it is not wanted by the electorate and there are important issues in need of attention this a fourth election in seven years will not change. Ignatieff runs a risk as Harper is high in the polls showing what registers on his radar screen is not registering on the electorates radar screen. We have concern with bigger issues. The Liberals under Chretien were with greater sins than the current contempt issue, only difference the Liberals were with a majority in both the House and the… Read more »
Reg
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I believe that arguing with the conservative party faithful is wasted effort. It’s like trying to convert a presbyterian choir to Buddhism. Much like the members of the Peoples Temple they are going to believe whatever their leader tells them. But for those of you who are more open minded, please, please, don’t drink the blue juice!

Roy Berger
Member
Here’s my attack ad: These last few years all the parties I’ve gone to have been a lame disappointment. They all seemed to do the wrong things for the wrong reasons, which is of course the perfect reason to leave the party early and have an election. In this democratic experiment, I’m not prepared to abandon all parties for all time, but with this opportunity I will eschew the party and see if I can add meat to the soup by voting for whatever Independent shows up on the ballot. I don’t know what would happen if 20 or 30… Read more »
Garfield
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Reg what you say cuts both ways. The Chretien years have made me a strong Conservative and McGuinty ingrains it deeper still. I like Stephan Harper and see him as a strong leader… ok granted he does not play nice with others but nobody is perfect. As I converse with die-hard Liberals it can equally be said conversion is a wasted effort and do not drink the red juice! Those that are with politically correct views certainly will not like Harper and the Conservatives. As for myself I find it refreshing as a leader he takes a hard stand as… Read more »
Furtz
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I don’t get the electorate not wanting an election BS. Most of the electorate is sick and tired of the sleazy way the Cons have been conducting themselves. Sure, the Harper supporters don’t want an election, after all, he is/was running the show. But they only constitute about one third of the voters.

Generous Gentleman
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Jamie is a self-loathing, irresponsible loser, and a gay in the closet.

smee
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Jamie Your statement of being on the defensive lacks insight. That promotion of being attacked plays into the hands of politicians. What is wrong with the best defensive is a good offence. The hell with what everyone did wrong people really don’t give a rats a$$, and we have been living in it. Do you need to be reminded of it? Let the opposition toss mud the whole election rather than indulging in petty arguments, promote their party agenda and tell us exactly what your mandate is how you plan to achieve. Right now it looks like none of the… Read more »
Reg
Guest

@ Smee….again WHAT???

Garfield
Guest
Furtz open your ears and eyes… where do you see or hear the electorate wants another election? A fourth in seven years is ridiculous. Fact Harper and Conservatives are riding high in public opinion polls compared to the Libs and NDP speaks volumes. There has been no loud voice of discontent from the electorate wanting another election. Perhaps at conclusion of this election the opposition will open their eyes & ears, realizing Canadians voted previously and again will vote Harper and the Conservatives. Provincially McGuinty and federally previous Liberal governments have created so current contempt of parliament is a non-issue… Read more »
Furtz
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Garfield, you sound worried that the Cons might not win this one. That’s why you and most Con supporters didn’t want this election. Makes sense.

smee
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Garfield
Do not argue with Furtz, as you can see they are all about media promotion. There is no political substance nor business facts. They lash out at people because they have no idea what it is really going on.

Furtz
Member

Whatever you say Smee. BTW, I’m gonna be rowing my boat as soon as the ice is off the lake.

garfield
Guest

Thanks for your insightful observation Smee. I was about to reply but your words made me realize it indeed is as you say. He does not rebuttal with fact, substance nor informed viewpoint… only empty rhetoric and with blinders on. Nothing of substance to be gleaned from that. If polls, media and general mood are of indication then May 2 will represent the third consecutive election win for Harper.
perhaps then the voice of the electorate is acknowledged and the obvious becomes obvious, logic and common sense will continue to replace the indecisiveness and political correctness of the past.

Furtz
Member

I feel totally crushed now. 🙂

Reg
Guest
So let me get this right. Both Smee and Garfield are saying that contempt of Parliament is no big deal. It is acceptable behavior for the Conservatives to lie to the Canadian public and steal from the taxpayers to line the Conservative party bank account. It is acceptable to give untendered contracts for an undetermined amount of money for planes that cannot fly in our north and that even the American military will not buy. It is acceptable to build super prisons, again for an unknown amount of money. It is acceptable to scrawl in a “Not” in a document… Read more »
Furtz
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I hope you’re right Reg, but it’s way too early in the campaign to guess at how it’ll go. It’s probably pointless to argue with a committed supporter of any party, kinda like arguing with the preacher. It’s the uncommitted that need to be swayed.

Furtz
Member

The truth finally comes out, Jamie. You are an ex-Con!!!

garfield
Guest
Reg, I am not condoning the contempt of parliament as ethics is a important issue to me. I realize that appears contradictory however in the context of years of Liberal rule, to me politics and ethics unfortunately went out the window. As important as it is, it becomes so it is no longer expected of politicians. None of the parties are worthy of trust and ethics as it has become partisan politics at play on all sides. Compared to past corruption and fiascoes I see this current issue as unworthy of calling a election and see it more as political… Read more »
smee
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No Reg What I am saying is that you only quote media. Any idiot can pee on the floor but it takes a real person to crap on the ceiling. Best not splash as you walk about. admin Again you too who cares what Mulroney did…it sounds like school yard whiners again. I mean neither did Chretien run with contempt, nor did Martin naaaa we had all good ole boys of any party. I think we all know better then that. So let me ask you all this, what would Ignatieff or Layton actually do differently? Please let’s not start… Read more »
Furtz
Member

@Smee. Huh??

Reg
Guest

Sorry Furtz, Smee gets a little confused about who says what. I believe that, “If there really are two of you”…I can’t believe you asked that…well yea maybe I can.” was aimed at me. I’ll take credit where credit is due.

Reg
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You are right Smee, I do get my information from the media, The Globe and Mail, Canada.com, Canoe.com,, CTV, Global, CNN, Cornwall Free News, Standard Freeholder, etc.

So do you get your script directly from the PMO?

garfield
Guest

Reg in answer to your irrelevant comment… “If there really are two of you”… indeed, for what little such silly comment and hypothesis would possibly matter I am garfield and posted only as garfield.

Furtz
Member

Not sure, but I think that scripts from the PMO would be a little more coherent.

smee
Guest

Reg, to be honest you are not worth the effort.

Garfield, I don’t know about you but I think Reg is the latest version of Chicken Little

Furtz
Member
I’m thinking and hoping that this election will accomplish a few things. If Harper gets his third minority, he will be gone and I hope will be replaced by someone who plays by the rules and is willing to work with others. Iggy would face a leadership review, and he might be turfed or not. If the Libs win a minority, Harper will be gone, and we just might get back to a reasonably civilized and cooperative Parliament. The downside of that outcome, of course, is that Garfield’s and Smee’s heads will explode, but that’s OK… There’s not enough material… Read more »
Furtz
Member

Sorry Jamie, I couldn’t help myself.
I’m off to BC tomorrow for a couple of weeks to visit family and get my yearly dose of television, so I likely won’t be hurling insults at the neo-cons for a while.

garfield
Guest
Good point ‘admin’. True such emotions do not enlighten. Actually as Smee pointed out… “So let me ask you all this, what would Ignatieff or Layton actually do differently? Please let’s not start with what they would not do.” I would like to know this as well and to know if they can be trusted and if a coalition lurks in the background. I am in favour of much of what Harper has accomplished and I believe he has served us well on the world stage and seen as a strong leader. Our economy is strong, action is being taken… Read more »
Reg
Guest
The truth of the matter is that in an election all politicians lie. All we can do is look back at the last election to see if the party that forms the government lived up to their promises. Personally I have lost respect for all the three main parties for the last 20 years or so and have tended to vote for the lunatic fringe. The real fringy parties are all gone so now I am a Green. There was a radio program this week (yes I am still listening to media) where representatives from all three parties were talking… Read more »
Furtz
Member

Yo Jamie. No shortage of computers in BC, but I’m gonna be really busy visiting my sister, niece and nephew and their kids. I’m hoping that by the time I get home we’ll be in for some warm spring-like weather.

smee
Guest

Admin
Chretien ran a surplus in good times.
Each recession, 1982, and 1990 the liberals soon lost out to conservatives. Was it a surplus or like many other Liberal monetary blunders, nothing more than misdirection and misappropriation of tax dollars of which the conservatives faced the blame.

You only take over what your predecessor left behind.

Furtz,
Living in the past is just what the media and politicians want. We do not care what happened yesterday what we need to know is what will you do tomorrow to fix the problems.

smee
Guest
Jamie Can you clarify how big oil is having a great time under the current economical situation? Remember the price per barrel is dictated by the stock market not the companies, and our government reaps the harvest form tax dollars/L. So is it only big oil you want to blame or is it just easier? Auto industry I agree, but that is a weird scenario. That is something I would like to discuss with Jack. He thinks corporate tax breaks are bad, yet if they do not get the breaks people are laid off. That causes the unions to lose… Read more »
Furtz
Member

Reg. I’m not sure that all politicians lie while in election mode. I agree that most do, especially the ones who are totally dedicated to a political party. That’s the downfall of our party system. The people we elect to represent us end up representing their party. Sad to say that voting for an independent candidate is a vote down the toilet.

Furtz
Member

@Jamie. Mostly Langley and Chilliwack, but we’ll be touring around. It’s a great place to visit, but I’ll never be rich enough to live there, not that I want to. Eastern Ontario is the cat’s ass!

garfield
Guest
Ohhhh, oh, oh noooo!!!! What Chretien did for money was lie to us about the GST and kept that conservative cash cow of Mulroney’s. That was not good enough so they dipped their hands into the unemployment fund which was not theirs to take and as that still was not enough they drastically cut back on the transfer payments to the provinces. That created so the provinces downloaded services to responsibility of municipalities and municipal taxes went up and services at provincial and municipal levels suffered. I do not see where more money stayed in pockets of Canadians… if only… Read more »
garfield
Guest
Reg, disappointing but very true what you say pertaining to the lies and I agree 100%. I do same as you in that I look back and see who best kept their word and that is very important to me. My philosophy is if we continually vote for those that lie, are corrupt, without truth and ethics then why would politicians be honest and sincere. I think we the electorate tend vote for the person that tells us what we want to hear. In truth we do not ourselves delve deeper into issues and to hold politicians to account for… Read more »
garfield
Guest
Quote… “That is something I would like to discuss with Jack. He thinks corporate tax breaks are bad, yet if they do not get the breaks people are laid off. That causes the unions to lose members and money to invest from union dues in the NDP. Banks definitely…but we still have the best bank system in the world. However it does not justify the figures the CEO’s get paid. The average worker, yep that sucks. But what do we do to change it?? Most people complain or blame others. If people want change and really think there is a… Read more »
smee
Guest

Garfield easy big guy we share the same opinions.
I am only pointing facts that many seem not to consider when they provide their opinions.

At this point I support Harper as well, as I did Harris in the province. They both enforced policy something public opinion seems to want but despises when enforced.

garfield
Guest
True Smee I do get all revved up. Lol I agree with your statement above and I like that you are consistent in hammering away at what are they specifically going to do. At the moment the left knocks Harper’s decisions and accomplishments but same as you, I do not see where the opposers are putting forth specifics. To throw more money at a problem is NOT managing, not adapting and not the solution. Tax and spend policies are not the answer. I get a rash each time that solution is proposed as “THE” solution. I want and hope for… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Member

While Garfield and Smee dance their extended two-step for Brother Harper, Brother Harper’s multiple coalition positions expose him as a complete fraud.

Gotta love it!

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