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.
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.
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!
Editor – Canada Free News
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