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Paul Wells on the difference between Harper and Ignatieff

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Paul Wells on the difference between Harper and Ignatieff

  1. The thing is, I'm not sure that anyone except for campaign journalists marks these things on performance. If people are thinking about their families, and their pocketbooks, and the economy, and a dangerous and scary world, then they're likely to stick with a sure value, which is what the Prime Minister is telling them to do.

    Bingo. This is why Ignatieff will need to do a lot better than merely exceeding low expectations and impressing the PPG on the campaign trail. Unfortunately for Ignatieff, some of the key components of Liberal messaging–the jets, the prisons, and the corporate tax hikes–are fundamentally flawed.

    On the corporate tax hikes, the Liberals are pulling a 180, scoffing at economists, and going against credible expert opinion.

    On the jets, the Liberals are trying to obscure the fact that they want to spend billions on new jets, too–and that the F-35s might very well be the winner of any new competitive process they would demand.

    On the prisons, the Liberals are opposing new prison construction WITHOUT opposing any Conservative crime bills–a position that is both dazzlingly hypocritical and completely illogical. In other words, the Liberals support more jail time for criminals, but oppose new prison construction needed to accommodate criminals who serve longer sentences.

    • "In other words, the Liberals support more jail time for criminals, but oppose new prison construction needed to accommodate criminals who serve longer sentences. "

      So the LPC Is FOR the sub-standard treatment of inmates. I'm not sure who this one will play.

  2. I'm still very confused at how the Conservatives managed to convince everyone that they hold the key to positive economics. I was always left the idea that the Liberals did an very good job with the economy in the decade leading up to Harper's first minority government. I also remember that the Conservatives blew through the surplus before the 2008 meltdown, and they reduced the GST which is widely accepted as poor economic policy. I don't claim to be an expert economist, but I am convinced that for every expert that says the Conservatives handle economics better, I can find another expert that will maintain the opposite.

    The question is why would so many Canadians be steadfast in their conviction for Conservative economics? Is it the way they market their brand? If so, is that really something to be proud of?

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