Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 5 Gaffe Alert!

A small Harper gaffe about a Harper gaffe but symbolic for how the campaign has gone so far for the Conservatives.

Little problems being compounded on other little problems. That's been the story of their campaign. They whole tenure as government, in fact.

{Video by HarperMiscue}

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No Questions so PM Can Play Ping Pong?

Not taking questions on local matters? Not supporting your own local candidate's "promise" of federal funding? Reprimanding veterans who volunteer their time on your own campaign? Cutting off questions so you can go for a photo op playing ping pong? Is that a way to conduct a job interview or to connect to Canadians?

This is a small local story but very telling. The over-the-top control and national "bubble" campaign is quickly becoming a side story the Conservatives would rather not have, especially in the first week of the campaign when Ignatieff is quickly closing the gap.

Here's the video. The transcript and details follow below. The really interesting bit comes at about the 3:00 mark.

The story was about a local Conservative candidate advocating on local issues and promising to bring federal funding for an overpass to ease traffic congestion. He's made that promise for the last three elections.

So the feisty local reporter, Shachi Kurl of AiChannel News, asked Harper about this local/national issue and whether the Prime Minister supported his own candidate's promise. Harper totally dodged the question naturally.

And that's when the reporting starts to get interesting.

Shachi Kurl (reporting): We would have liked to ask the Prime Minister a little, OK, a lot more about these issues, but local reporters were told by the national campaign 'Sorry, only time for one local question.' Harper had to go. He was off to a photo op... playing ping pong. [...]

Hudson Mack: Shachi Kurl joins us now with more. Shachi, there's been criticism of the Conservatives in the past for running a so-called "bubble" campaign, very tightly controlled. Describe your experience with the Prime Minister today.

SK: Well, Hudson, the event that we showed you just now was in Saanich, but myself and other local based media were told to report to a hotel in Sydney at 8 am. We then sat around for an hour. We weren't told how many events were planned. We weren't told where we were going. Only that we had to go by bus. And when we were finally able to pry a little bit of information out of a local volunteer, a retired veteran no less, I watched as a young staffer reprimanded this man for just a snippet of how the morning went. I'll leave our viewers to draw their own conclusions, Hudson.

The Harper campaign has made it very clear that they think a reporter is biased if they don't kowtow to their talking points. They've made a big deal about "going beyond" the mainstream media "directly to the local media". And this is how they do it? It ain't workin' folks.

{Video by ANewsVanIsland}

h/t RedTory

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"You people"?

Specifically targetting certain (not all) ethnic groups has its risks. But I suppose the idea is that they have commonalities with your social conservative agenda, right?

So is referring to them as "you people" enhancing that sense of commonality or making them feel more alienated and not one of "us"? If Harper isn't sure, he can always ask Ross Perot or the NAACP. Or Robert Downey Jr.:

Since this came from Harper himself, RevMod is giving this the maximum "prominence" gaffe score.

A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.

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"You deserve a lot better"

"You deserve a lot better for the government you pay for."

I like the tag line. Doesn't work on a poster or bumper sticker but it sums up the themes nicely.

{Video by LiberalVideo}

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Reintroducing... Liberal Video Depot

"Do you remember that video by GritGirl about job losses?"
"Didn't Jeff Jedras post a video about all of Harper's tax increases?"
"Anyone have a link to that video comparing Harper to Nixon?"

If you've ever tried to find a video or ad or Rick Mercer rant, you probably know the frustration of trying to plough through dozens of links and videos and archives and blogs trying to find just the right one. We're here to help.

With The Stephen Harper GoververnmentTM being found in contempt - the first time ever in the British Commonwealth - and losing the confidence of the House, we thought it was a good time to re-introduce this site and what is about.

This site has been set up as a depot for all of the great videos being put together by liberals and progressives.

No longer do you have to go google hunting for some video you missed or remember from long ago. From now on, you should be able to find it here. Over the past couple of years, we've collected all of the most notable Liberal ads, independent ads and videos, and a big dose of Rick Mercer.

Feel free to browse around and to send us suggestions of videos we're missing. While this is a Canadian political site, we welcome videos from US politics and anywhere else if they are good, interesting or something we can all learn from. We will also be posting some of the better and more interesting political advertisements out there.

Come back lots, because we intend to update this site regularly. And feel more than free to send us links to new videos or ads, or even old videos from campaigns past.

Happy campaigning to one and all!

EnoughHarper - "They'll Go Negative"

From a week or so ago, this clever video again using Stephen Harper's own words from 2006 to hang himself in 2011. And it is so deadly accurate.

But let's be a bit more up-to-date and detailed. Here is the Conservative ad updated:

When you've been in power for twelve five long years.

When your party has and 4 of your most senior party members including 2 senators have been named in a judicial criminal investigation into corruption and election fraud and three separate RCMP investigations are underway.

When scandals continue to engulf your government.

What message could you possibly take to the people of Canada.

"PM plans negative campaign"

On January 23rd As quickly as damn possible, let's do something positive.

{Video by EnoughHarper}

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

EnoughHarper - What Else is He Hiding?

What else is the Government of Canada The Harper GovernmentTM and its scandal-a-day operations hiding?

{Video by EnoughHarper}

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Demand Better." In his own words.


The Liberals could run a whole campaign just using Harper's own words on accountability or even their own ads from the 2006 election.

{Video by enoughharper}

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dr. Seuss Comments on Bev Oda and the PMO

When the government acts this ridiculous about important matters, sometimes ridicule is the only way to address them. And what better to ridicule with than borrowing a little Dr. Seuss.

The last line is the killer.

{Video by LiberalVideo}

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