April 5, 2007

Quebec Radio Ads

Thankfully, the Liberal Party of Canada is relying on more than just Jason Cherniak to get out the message.

The only problem with the ads…is that like the Tory ones, they just attack the opponent, for attacking their opponent…

Here are the three radio ads translated

First ad (and the best one)

“If Stephen Harper is convinced his accomplishments up to now are so good, would he spend all his money on negative ads about Stephane Dion? What do you think?”

The message is good, but much more appropriate towards the English ads,

The new Quebec Tory ad, while going after Stephane Dion, goes after him on a substantive issue, for calling the fiscal imbalance a myth. Harper, in his ad, is outlining that his government accomplished something in the short time it was in power. In fact, the real message in those ads targets the Bloc.

The citations ad In French sends the message that if you are unhappy with the Liberals, vote Conservative, because they get things done. The ad is loaded with Quebec newspapers hailing the end of the fiscal imbalance problem. They paint Dion as the “man in Ottawa saying no”, just like he was for so long under Jean Chretien. The Tories in Quebec will never mention Dion’s time as environment minister…interesting…

Second ad

“In 2007, do we really prefer a politician like Stephen Harper, who spends his time denigrating his opponent, or a passionate man like Stephane Dion, who is concerning himself with the challenges of the 21st century? Which one is making us take a step backward?”

Did we just witness the same election in Quebec as Stephane Dion? I think the message Quebecers sent is that they want to get rid of the federalist/sovereigntist debate, not elect the poster boy for one of the sides, nor the poster boy (Gilles Duceppe) for the other…

Third ad

“If Stephen Harper and the Conservatives attack Stephane Dion, is it because they are afraid of something? Afraid of his ideas maybe? Afraid of his Green Plan? Afraid…to lose power?”

I guess my response to this ad is

“If Stephane Dion and the Liberals are attacking Stephen Harper, is it because they are afraid of something? Afraid that Harper has delivered on his promise to Quebec to fix the fiscal imbalance? Afraid that Harper delivered on UNESCO? Afraid that Harper affirmed the status of Quebec as a nation within Canada? Afraid…to stay out of power?

17 Commentaires:

Blogger Jason Cherniak a dit...

Your criticisms of the ads might be fair, but your complete obstinancy on this stupid "fiscal imbalance" thing makes it difficult to know for sure.

Try to at least think about the other side of the argument.

4/05/2007 12:22 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

remember Jason, these ads are aired in French...in QUEBEC, where the population does not believe the fiscal imbalance to be a myth.

Also, Harper promised to fix it...

You heard Flaherty. It's fixed!

Maxime Bernier C'est fini!

La Presse "Le dossier est réglé"

everybody and their dog believed the fiscal imbalance existed here in Quebec.

well except one person...and his dog too...

4/05/2007 12:31 p.m.  
Blogger Jason Cherniak a dit...

And why don't they believe it's a myth? Maybe because no provincial federalist party made the effort to show that the separatists were lying?

Accept the premise of your opponent's argument and you will always lose.

4/05/2007 2:34 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

jason by that logic, your opponent can never be right...which proves your logic to be that of a partisan hack.

It means your thinking is governed not by your own morality, but by that of the party's...

4/05/2007 2:57 p.m.  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

Wait a minute, you were AGAINST Quebev's place in UNESCO. What's going on?

4/05/2007 3:33 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

what i support is immaterial phil,

the argument was that Harper did what he said he was going to do...as far as Quebec is concerned.

4/05/2007 3:39 p.m.  
Blogger Steve V a dit...

"Maybe because no provincial federalist party made the effort to show that the separatists were lying?"

Quite an election tactic to argue against more money for your own province, sounds like suicide to me and something that no provincial party, in any province, advocates.

Antonio, I like these ads because they directly undermine the Conservative ones, while getting in the requisite shots, all done in a defending tone. I'm calling this the non-attack attack ad. I think it's shrewd actually.

4/05/2007 4:07 p.m.  
Blogger canuckistanian a dit...

"goes after him on a substantive issue, for calling the fiscal imbalance a myth"

"substantive"...hahahahah. thanks for the laughs buddy.

4/05/2007 4:50 p.m.  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

So are you in favour of Quebec's place at UNESCO or not?

A direct answer, please.

4/05/2007 6:17 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

I think that while provinces are sovereign in their areas of jurisdiction, that all provinces deserve a voice on these bodies, not just one...

I am for a provincial voice at UNESCO, one solely reserved for Quebec is basically not very equal now is it?

4/05/2007 6:56 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Representation in an organization that Harper wants to gut because of its pro-choice policies.

What better way to state that UNESCO is a joke by giving Quebec a seat.

4/05/2007 7:33 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

he gave quebec a place in the quebec delegation...

something the Liberals had a tendency of doing by always naming a Quebecer as ambassador to UNESCO...

just a matter of formalizing it I guess

4/05/2007 7:44 p.m.  
Blogger lance a dit...

Antonio, you won't win this one. All the Ontario bloggers are coming out against you.

Don't you know . . . we're all subservient to Ontario and none of us know our locales.


4/06/2007 2:32 a.m.  
Blogger lance a dit...

Oops. All the Liberal Ontario bloggers. My bad.

4/06/2007 2:33 a.m.  
Blogger s.b. a dit...

Antonio Provinces are not sovereign. lmao

Second of all the so called "fiscal imbalance" is a sovereigntist myth.

Quebec spends too much money. End of story. 1200 more per person than Ontario. Quebec needs to get its fiscal house in order and stop blaming other regions and governments for its inability to manage its budget.

4/06/2007 9:02 a.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

hey shoshana

read the jurisprudence (yeah right who am I kidding)

provinces are sovereign in their realms of jurisdiction.

basically if Canada makes a decision at UNESCO regarding culture, provinces are not obliged to follow it, because the federal government has no power over the matter.

4/06/2007 3:28 p.m.  
Blogger jw a dit...

Is there anyone on the federal political scene, other than Coyne, who speaks for Canada anymore?

Anyone?? Certainly not the pandering federal conservatives. And unfortunately, on this point, the Liberal Party treads lightly, so as not to offend the sensibilities of soft nationalists. And not the NDP, as they're too busy lobbying for pet food regulation to notice.

Meanwhile, the west feels more isolated as it perceives more of its economic largesse heading to Quebec and its meagre aeroindustry. And the east, already maligned by Harper as 'defeatist', is screwed over by the new 50% cut in for offshore resources to appease, surprise (!), Quebec fiscal imbalance concerns.

How's that for national unity!

4/07/2007 7:20 a.m.  

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