Introducing Oily the Splot: Because who didn’t love being ambushed by the ever-helpful Clippy?

Okay, so I’m probably not exactly the target demographic for the new Conservative ad campaign – which is given far more thoughtful consideration by Colleagues Wells and Wherry. But really, how many undecided voters out there are going to give serious consideration to what an anthropomorphized glob of fossil fuel has to say about environmental policy?

I mean, doesn’t he – or she, let’s not be sexist here – have a bit of a vested interest in ensuring that you keep forking out the cash to fill your tank with members of its extended family? Not to mention the annoyance value that attaches to even the most clever commercials.

My guess: after the fifth or sixth time that a driver has been assailed by the chirpy “Yoo hoo,” the reaction is not going to be, “My goodness! What will that diabolical Stephane Dion do next?” but something along the lines of, “Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up!”

There is also some confusion – at least, I’m confused – over the advertising company the Tories are using to buy the ads.

First, here’s what Conservative spokesperson Ryan Sparrow told CanWest News yesterday:

However, a spokesman for the Conservative Party, Ryan Sparrow, said a number of gas stations have committed to running the ads purchased by the Tories through an advertising company called fuelcast.com, although he couldn’t give a specific number

But when contacted by ITQ this morning, Fuelcast Network spokesperson Tony Herunter denied that his company was involved with the ad buy:

There appears to be some misunderstanding regarding the issue of the Conservative Party advertising their carbon tax ads on Fuelcast Network. Please be informed that this campaign will not air on Fuelcast Network. I trust that this clarifies this issue.




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Introducing Oily the Splot: Because who didn’t love being ambushed by the ever-helpful Clippy?

  1. “My guess: after the fifth or sixth time that a driver has been assailed by the chirpy “Yoo hoo,” the reaction is not going to be, “My goodness! What will that diabolical Stephane Dion do next?” but something along the lines of, “Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up!”

    I always feel the same way about the proliferation of signs that line the streets during elections. Every 6 feet we’re supposed to think “Hey look, Joe Smith is running for Parliament!” And yet they all spend tons of money on it.

    As for this ad campaign, I agree that it will likely be annoying, but in advertising annoying works. That’s why damn near every commercial makes you want to kill yourself after you see it for the third time. I suspect it will be successful in the only thing it’s designed to do: make average voters think of Stephane Dion as the carbon tax guy.

  2. Which might be a good thing for Dion: depending on how popular the carbon tax is.

    Since I’ve been bussing it after my vision was buggered by an SUV that rear-ended me while I was parked seven years ago, (I can still drive, legally, but it gives me headaches) I may actually vote for the steal-from-the-west-give-to-the-east party of the National Energy Program & Crow subsidy on this one. Or I might if they ever gave me the chance instead of continuing to prop up Party Chairman Harper.

    Not that I’m, like, bitter or anything.

  3. I feel the same way after having paid my income taxes, property taxes, GST & PST taxes, capital gains taxes, fuel taxes, etc etc etc. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop.

    I earned the money and it’s just not right that those in government can put their collective hand in my pocket and steal 40-50%% of my own money. They, especially the Liberal-minded ilk types, believe they know better how to spend my money that I do. Off with their heads! Reduce my taxes!

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