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It’s Thanksgiving in April

The Liberals and Conservatives celebrate the attack ads


 

Justin Trudeau says thanks to Liberals for their support, and the $336,000 they’ve apparently donated to the cause in response to the Conservative attack ads.

Meanwhile, here is a note that just went out from the Conservative party.

On Monday, we launched three new ads informing Canadians that Justin Trudeau is in way over his head.

Unsurprisingly, some members of the media are criticizing our new TV ads. They are circling the wagons.

But here’s the truth — these ads have spread farther and faster than any ads we’ve ever done. We are communicating directly with Canadians rather than passing through the media’s “filter”.

In two days, our ads were viewed more than 270,000 times on YouTube — more views than we have ever received on any video before — including during an election cycle.

We received so much traffic to our website that it temporarily crashed — something that’s never happened before.

Despite what the media wants you to think, the response to our new ad campaign has been overwhelming.

We need to make sure every Canadian sees these ads and you can help by making a $25 donation today.

I’d like to thank you for helping make this happen, but our work is far from over

Please visit http://JustinOverHisHead.ca today and hit the share button on these ads and to help us keep the momentum going.

Thank you,

Jenni Byrne
National Campaign Manager, 2011


 

It’s Thanksgiving in April

  1. Oh dear….the Harper team is a desperate bunch now aren’t they.
    Wait until someone decides to take a look at Harper’s claim that the $100/child tax credit has actually performed and delivered on the promised day care spaces and rising costs that we see in the ad…..remember THIS was the program that was supposed to be better than the National Daycare program that Martin and Dryden worked two years on……by all accounts it has cost us billions, provided little to no spaces and has cost us double what Martin’s program ever would have…..Harper in way over his head? I think so.

  2. An awful lot of those views were people like me who wanted to see for themselves just how bad a hatchet job these bums did.
    They earned a lot of money for JT, who (if memory serves; to lazy to check) only asked for $10 per donor. The CPC now want $25.
    It will be downright hilarious if they earn less money on a larger donation request than JT takes in, given it is their ad.

    • JT asked for $5 donations. Gerald Butts just wrote on Twitter that so far, LPC has received $408,000 in donations from the ad.

    • “It will be downright hilarious if they earn less money on a larger donation request than JT takes in, given it is their ad.”

      lol Maybe Justin can issue them a tax receipt?

  3. “We received so much traffic to our website that it temporarily crashed — something that’s never happened before.”

    Sounds like an invitation to a DOS attack.

  4. The expression “whistling past the graveyard” comes to mind . . .

  5. That’s cute.

    Simply ignore the fact that media criticism of the ads is almost entirely about the fact that the ads are disingenuous and downright untruthful and focus on the fact that they’re WORKING to raise funds for the party. I haven’t actually seen many articles claiming that the lies won’t WORK, they’re mostly focused on the fact that they’re LIES…

    • Stop splitting hairs there bud, just cough up the 25 bucks…it’ll only cost you 5 really. You know that right. It’s as steal of a deal.

    • To be fair, most communication professionals today are unfamiliar with the phrase “fact checking”. Which is probably why the Conservative-aligned spokesthingies refer to it as “circling the wagons”. Someone get those poor lads and lassies in the representation industry an English to English phrase book before they further embarrass themselves.

  6. “In two days, our ads were viewed more than 270,000 times on
    YouTube — more views than we have ever received on any video before —
    including during an election cycle.

    We received so much traffic to our website that it temporarily crashed — something that’s never happened before.

    Despite what the media wants you to think, the response to our new ad campaign has been overwhelming.”

    Only a PMO troll like Byrne would be stupid enough to believe that the majority of those views has been positive or lucrative for the party. When can we expect to hear how much it has raised at nearly 5 times the ask of Justin’s appeal?

  7. Now if only they would run some ads with the PM taking off his shirt we might have an auction here and raise some real money for charity, rather than inane AAs…what am i bid for the guy with the naughty tummy?

  8. Harper soon realized 20 years ago when he first came to Ottawa that conservatives would never receive a fair shake from an increasingly left-leaning media. To offset this inbalance in a democracy conservatives knew they would have to work twice as hard and be twice as smart as their opponents in order to form the government. Fortunately, neither was very difficult.
    Certainly the main reason why conservatives are so generous in their donations is to help pay for ads that point out the truth about the inadequate leaders that Liberals have chosen. If the media were not so hopeful of another Liberal government, then they could do their job better and inform the public about the Liberal practice of choosing one weak leader after another.
    As long as we have an education system that uses the— good liberal, bad conservative–approach to teaching and a media that is achingly waiting for another Liberal government, then expect to see the rest of us donate to a Party that has to pay to get the truth out.
    You gotta love Democracy. In some countries you would have no choice but to put up with second-rate governments.

    • Oh my God! Are you saying that Conservatives are victims? Imagine my surprise and horror.

    • if they were so truthful, why did they engage in defamation? or did you mean “truthy”?

    • OH NO, I’M BEING REPRESSED BY THE LIBERAL MEDIA!!!

      I’m beginning to think we should put Sun News in every Conservative Party supporter’s home, that way they won’t be repressed by the media anymore, and they can live in their own little media bubble where reality and the thoughts and expressions of every other Canadian won’t ever reach them.

      • That’ll be an extra $5. But it’s a good idea.

    • Said he batting his eyelashes innocently..

    • If Harper has his way, we’ll be stuck with second-rate governments for a long time…

    • Must have skipped the ‘good liberal, bad conservative’ class. Sadly, had to learn to think for myself. An outrage, to be sure.This curriculur omission will likely be corrected in the pedagogy of future generations. Here’s hoping!

  9. Hmmm. 20 issues of Maclean’s for $20 . And… a bonus gift! Or $25 to make sure ‘every Canadian sees these ads’.

    No bonus gift? What to do, what to do…

    Good work, Jenni! That’s the kind of nose-to-the-grindstone initiative that earns a person one of those Jubilee gimcracks they’re giving out like candy.

  10. So now “the media” are the Conservatives’ enemies? What a load of utter trash. I really wish you media types would call them on this pathetic inference.

    • We’re have you been? The media has ALWAYS been the enemy. Sometimes they have been really crafty… doing things like endorse the CPC for the past three or four elections. But don’t let them fool you… They are all out to get the poor Conservatives, what with their “facts” and”asking questions.”

      • Yeah, those evil media types, acting all sneaky and under-handed and having all but two newspapers in all of Canada endorsing the Conservatives last elections!

        Where do they get off acting all anti-Conservative by endorsing a Conservative government and Harper as prime minister? This aggression cannot stand!

  11. Every passing day proves Trudeau the younger is in way over his head.
    JUST LIKE THE COMMERCIAL SAYS.

    Trudeau’s father advanced a system where The Rest Of Canada subsidizes Quebec Healthcare (as smoking in Quebec is disproportional with The Rest of Canada)
    Daycare is subsidized by Federal money.
    Cheap Education in Quebec is subsidized by the rest of Canada.
    Dairy, Chicken and Eggs are higher priced in the rest of Canada to support mostly Quebec based producers.
    Language; The only place we really need Bilingualism is Quebec and they have practically outlawed English.
    Mr. Trudeau – You and the citizens of your spoiled province need to be kept out of power and away from sharp objects; and never given a chance to steal more from us.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MR. PRIME MINISTER.

  12. Convenient, isn’t it? That ratings and comments are disabled for the ads on Youtube. Y’know, if one didn’t know any better, one would think that they’re EXPECTING negative reviews. But that’s impossible, right?