Attack by association

by Aaron Wherry

The Saskatchewan Party has released an ad that uses Thomas Mulcair to attack the candidates for leader of the provincial NDP.

The SaskParty has injected itself into the NDP leadership contest, releasing an ad attempting to link the four contenders to comments made earlier this year by federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair … “The people of Saskatchewan, I think, need to know where the leadership candidates for the NDP are on Mr. Mulcair’s statement on dutch disease here in our province,” said SaskParty cabinet minister Bill Boyd.

It’s a debate Erin Weir, one of the four contenders in the race, is happy to have. “I think our federal NDP leader, Tom Mulcair, raises a valid question,” Weir said.  “Saskatchewan has lost 5,500 manufacturing jobs since Premier Wall took over.”

It’s interesting to see a party running attack ads against another party’s candidates for leadership instead of waiting to see who wins that leadership race.




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Attack by association

  1. Cons used Ignatieff’s remarks from the leadership debate to attack Dion when he was running for PM.

    The only thing that seems to matter is ‘attack’.

  2. I can only assume a journalist who would spend weeks and months accusing the Conservatives of falsely attacking the NDP must have some substantial proof that the NDP:

    —would not impose any new taxes related on the oil industry.

    —did not refer to the oil industry as ” dutch disesase”.

    —have not blamed the competitive position of the Canadian Dollar for job losses.

    —have not been consistently promoting higher taxes of all kinds to carry out their socialist agenda.
    A good journalist will make even a feeble attempt to show what an NDP government would look like.
    A left wing blogger will continue to focus solely on his anti-Conservative agenda.

    • We can all see what you did there.

      • There`s nothing wrong with being a left-wing blogger. It`s a perfectly valid occupation.
        I`m just looking for some clarification.

        • No, you’re looking to create trouble where none exists. Subtle shifts in language attempt to change the meaning.

          Mulcair for example did not refer to the oil industry as ‘dutch disease’.

          Language is meant to communicate….don’t abuse it.

          • OK, then maybe some journalist will use language to communicate to me what Mulcair meant by ” dutch disease”.
            Maybe a journalist will do some research and tell me if the NDP believe the Canadian Dollar should be pegged at 65 cents.
            Maybe a journalist will interrupt his anti-Conservative rant and tell us what new taxes the NDP would impose and if those taxes would mean job losses.

            Or maybe he will continue to give the dippers a free ride. That`s ok—-if he is a left-wing blogger.

          • It has a standard definition….the one Mulcair used.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_disease

            When the USD goes down, our dollar goes up. No one has suggested ‘pegging’ it….so stop pretending they have.

            What new taxes are you expecting the NDP to impose….or are you just subtly ‘suggesting’ again…..?

            Maybe you could get past your ideological blinkers….because you’re being led down the garden path if you think Harper is conservative or libertarian.

          • Maybe a journalist knows the difference between being the govt and being merely the govt in waiting.

          • I would think that someone who fancies himself a democrat would be interested in finding out what tax and spend policies a “govt in waiting ” might have for us.

          • You continue to miss the point. It is the job of the govt to govern. Not run around as if it was they who were the opposition, determined to point out why everyone else but themselves had it wrong.
            Don’t worry, once it becomes clear that the NDP are likely to become the next govt there will be any amount of critical stuff in the media about their policies. Meanwhile the govt has three years left to worry about its job – governing.

        • No, you are attempting to turn the issue away from Conservatives attacking another party for doing exactly the same thing as Conservatives have done in the past , and don’t rule out doing in the future.

          • I would think that a member of the Liberal Party that is losing so many supporters to the NDP would be interested in some objective reporting on what a NDP government would look like.

          • Well, maybe so. Doesn’t mean I suddenly don’t understand what cap-and-trade is (the second-best efficient way of putting a price on carbon) or that it’s okay with me for a party to completely ignore what they said last year–or next month.

    • Thanks for the laugh, especially when demanding “substantial proof” of future policy!

      Certainly it can’t be bad to try to get politicians to take positions. But your points put you well on the train to stupidville.

      • Very well—-maybe you can tell me how an NDP government`s tax policy and reduction in the value of the Canadian Dollar would help the economy and create jobs.
        Or maybe, like Jenn, you are willing to give the dippers a free ride.

  3. Canadian political parties have no choice but to import the Democrat antidote to the sleazy Republican attack machine (which is essentially to spew a bunch of muck and filth at one’s opponent hoping some will stick…)

    The basic rule of thumb is to stand up against all attacks (“swiftboating”), no matter how absurd. Ignatieff and Dion proved playing the role of punching bag is not the best approach to instill public confidence in one’s leadership capabilities… Fighting back by sticking to the issues and hammering the neo-cons on their utterly failed economic vision can hit harder with more class.

    In the public eye, leadership is determined by strength not niceness (nice guys finish last…) The only way to take the high road is to do whatever it takes to get power, then impose truth-in-advertising regulations on political ads and put a stop to all the nonsense.

  4. Very interesting! Doing them a favour, really, because this way the candidates can be all sweetness and light with each other, while getting positions known on contentious issues. There will be no attacks from one NDPer to another this way. They should send a thank you card from the provincial party.

  5. Alberta’s Provincial Budget recently referenced ‘dutch disease’ implications for the Alta economy:
    “The Canadian dollar remains elevated, buoyed by high commodity prices. And appreciation of the Canadian dollar could hurt exporters. Manufacturing companies will continue to be challenged by a strong Canadian dollar and moderate external demand.”
    Alberta Budget 2012-13

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