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The biggest threat to Harper campaign: Student photos with Iggy

UWO student ejected from Harper rally for Facebook picture with Ignatieff


 

All you F-35 Joint Strike Fighter naysayers—this’ll make you bite your tongues.  After all, the proof is in the pudding, and just this past weekend, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives proved the need to stay vigilant against enemies, many of whom can appear in even the most innocuous of forms.

Of course, I’m talking about 19-year-old University of Western Ontario student Awish Aslam, who managed to infiltrate a Harper rally in London on Sunday despite having a Facebook picture of her with Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. The audacity, I know. How the undecided voter managed to get in, I’m not sure; but she and a friend were escorted out of the rally shortly after signing in.

According to Aslam, a man led them to a back room, tore up their name tags, and told them they weren’t welcome at the event. “We were confused,” Aslam told the London Free Press. “He said, ‘We know you guys have ties to the Liberal party through Facebook.’”

I don’t know how many times we must drill this message home, but students: Please exercise discretion when posting things online!  Yes, you may have a night where you down too many beers with friends and decide to ‘Like’ the Canadian Learning Passport on the Liberal Facebook page, but others will notice your actions! And it goes further than that. Every time you sign onto Farmville and don’t post a comment about the long-gun registry, know you’re making a political statement. For every occasion you send a ‘Poke,’ you should be requesting a fitness tax credit. And finally, never, ever, ever, refer to a group message as a “Coalition.” Vague insinuations are fine, though.

All parties want to encourage the youth vote, of course, but they can’t help it if young people disenfranchise themselves through mistakes like these. Young people should know better than to explore their political options before casting a vote –and worse yet–posting a totally meaningless picture online. Remember: don’t chew Big Red on Harper’s turf, unless you plan to stick it on the bottom of your shoe.


 

The biggest threat to Harper campaign: Student photos with Iggy

  1. The biggest threat to Harper campaign: intelligent student voters

    • We were all students once; even Harper, so what’s your point. You mean intelligent students vote for Liberal, NDP …..let’s face it there is no real choice here. Harper gets his Marching Orders and he takes it all in stride. It wouldn’t matter who was elected…. status quo prevails.

      Obama is prove of that…now he’s got Libya. No stupid wars????

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  4. If you hate democracy, vote Harper. But please, do vote.

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  6. We really need to demand our actions through power and numbers. We all need to unite and say enough is enough. Get us out of war and stop supporting it. Harper tried and failed miserably. We as canadiens are following almost all the same guidelines as the US, from taxation, laws, and even gas prices. Revolutionize people! We need a REAL change. No puppetry! A real leader with real solutions. PLEASE.

  7. Make way for the King! King Harper is coming with his Harper Government.

    Make sure you all vote through Elections Harper on the Harper ballot.

  8. Robyn,
    Freedom of political association is not a sign lack of discretion. You say that as if disagreeing with the establishment is some dark truth that shouldn’t have been let out.

  9. It boggles the mind that some Canadians have failed to see the ideological connection between Mr. Mulroney, Mr. Harper and Mr. Harris. Once Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Harris were darlings…now there is scarcely a soul who would admit having voted for Mr. Mulroney or Mr. Harris.

  10. It boggles the mind that some Canadians have failed to see the ideological connection between Mr. Mulroney, Mr. Harper and Mr. Harris. Once Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Harris were darlings…now there is scarcely a soul who would admit to having voted for Mr. Mulroney or Mr. Harris.

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