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The Trudeau attack ad: Context and the Canadian Liver Foundation

Reaction to the Conservative party’s new ad


 

Chris Selley notes that the clip including in the Conservative attack ad of Justin Trudeau speaking in 1999 is actually him explaining his father’s philosophy. CTV has uploaded the full clip here.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Liver Foundation tweets.

We feel @JustinTrudeau should be applauded for his support of a serious health issue that affects 3.4 million Cdns #cdnpoli

And releases a statement.

The Canadian Liver Foundation is grateful for Mr. Trudeau’s past support of our fundraising efforts. Liver disease is a serious national health issue which does not receive enough attention. 

The footage used in the recent political ad was filmed at the Canadian Liver Foundation’s What a Girl Wants fundraiser held November 17, 2011 in Ottawa. Mr. Trudeau was willing to not only attend our event but also generously donate a lunch to be auctioned off to raise funds for liver disease research and education. This auction item raised $1,900 and the event raised $128,000. 

The Foundation believes Mr. Trudeau should be applauded for his commitment to an important health issue that affects an estimated 3.4 million Canadians. 

Paul Wells considers the political strategy at play.


 

The Trudeau attack ad: Context and the Canadian Liver Foundation

  1. Taking a quote that wasn’t even describing Justin Trudeau’s own beliefs that far out of context is sleazy and deceitful in the extreme. In other words, par for the course for this Conservative Party.

    It’s a pity they’ve so completely abandoned the days when the party had both self-respect and respect for others. I don’t agree with Joe Clark or Preston Manning on everything (though I have high regard for Clark), but they were decent, principled people. Harper doesn’t believe in honesty, decency, or democratic discussion; he just believes in power, and he’s destroying Canadian political discourse and democracy.

    • Exactly. Those who still support Harper, are simply anti-democratic.

  2. Context of remarks saying that Quebecers are better, eh? Are you sure this is the hill you want to die on in defending Trudeau?

    Trudeau’s interview 2 years ago, in context:

    Lagace then asked Trudeau if he thought Canada was “better served when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans?”

    Trudeau replied: “I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec… This country – Canada – it belongs to us.”

    You know, you might have pointed this second interview out…if you were a real journalist and not just looking to defend Trudeau at all costs

    Yes, the first quote were Pierre’s words. “His philosophy, as he passed it on to us, has always been, Quebecers r better than the ROC because we’re Quebecers.” Justin said that this was the lesson that his father was passing on. The interview I linked above shows that Justin heard his father’s message loud and clear. This is clearly what he believes. So what’s the issue, other than that it brings Justin’s xenophobia towards non-French speaking provinces out into the forefront?

    Now I see why Trudeau says he won’t run any negative ads. He doesn’t have to. He just gets you and your colleagues to do it for him for free.

    • Having been caught in outright lies, you suggest it doesn’t matter what Trudeau actually said, because your lies represent what he might, or probably could, perhaps might believe, so the lies are therefore ok.

      That’s a pretty slippery slope. The attack ads should be beneath the Conservatives. Citizens have the right to hope the ruling party would engage the opposition intellectually. Instead, they reveal their inability to engage anyone who can articulately argue an opposing view, and turn once again to boorish bullying. This ought to be beneath our Prime Minister.

      Media isn’t supporting Trudeau out of love for him or his policies. The first to criticize were the right wing National Post and Globe and Mail.

      Bottom line? If you don’t fling mud in the first place, you won’t provide the media, the liberals, or Trudeau himself with ammunition that ends up sticking to you.

      • It’s not an “outright lie”. It’s true that the ad quotes him repeating the words of his father, but the full context was that his father was teaching Justin that he believes Quebeckers are superior, that his father was passing those beliefs on. “His philosophy, as he passed it on to us, has always been Quebeckers are better than the rest of Canada”. You’ll note that in the full context of that interview, Justin says nothing to indicate that he disagrees with that, and he has since, on his own and in context, indicated those exact same beliefs…that Quebeckers are superior to the ROC.

        It’s not like the CPC put words into his mouth that he doesn’t believe; He’s stated the exact same thing in his own words within the last 2 years. He believes Quebeckers are better than everyone else; that the best Prime Ministers were the best because they were from Quebec (including Mulroney), that Canada “belongs to us” (‘us’ being Quebeckers) and oh by the way, he’d consider supporting separation if English-speaking Canada continues to support the Conservatives.

        What part of that is hard to understand? If this was a Conservative the narrative would already be set in stone and brought up every single day to hammer it home. The media still bring up Harper’s signature on the “firewall letter” to this very day. This goes much further. If there was video of Harper threatening to support Alberta’s separation from Canada if the French speakers continue to elect Liberal Prime Ministers from Quebec…what do you think the resulting fallout would look like? Would Harper still have a job by the end of the week?

        The attack ads should be beneath the Conservatives.Citizens have the right to hope the ruling party would engage the
        opposition intellectually. Instead, they reveal their inability to
        engage anyone who can articulately argue an opposing view, and turn once
        again to boorish bullying. This ought to be beneath our Prime
        Minister.

        Oh please. Take your diapers off. Incumbent parties run attack ads against their proposed replacements in every single democratic election in the free world. Every. Single. One. Many of them are worlds more unfair than quoting someone what he accurately believes, even if he happened to be paraphrasing someone else. The effort to destroy Mitt Romney was months in the making, not just the last few weeks before the US vote.

        You’re just like every Liberal who wants the bozo eruptions of its members to remain under lock and key. Sorry. Not going to happen. With leadership comes scrutiny. If the media won’t apply it, the Conservatives will.

        • I think what Trudeau was saying in the quote you provided was that Albertans tend to be conservative, while Quebeckers tend to be liberal. Therefore, being liberal, the country is better served when Quebeckers are in charge than when Albertans are.

        • You’re so dense, you might be a black hole.

    • Good luck John. I’m pretty sure Junior’s campaign is paying Wherry more than Macleans is at this point. So we know where his loyalties lie. Wherry ceased being anything resembling a real journalist years ago.

    • “I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec… This country – Canada – it belongs to us.” Again, since you’re not getting it………OUT OF CONTEXT………but keep trying, con troll freak.

  3. Why do Conservatives hate people with liver failure?