From the Inkless emailbox. And, more generally, from the conviction that if you simply say the exact same thing enough times, everything will work out okay. Ladies and gentlemen, Jenni Byrne:
Date: April 27, 2011
Dear Fellow Conservatives:
As you know, Election Day, Monday, May 2, is just around the corner.
As we enter the final week of the campaign, it is clear that what Canada needs more than ever is a strong, stable, national majority Conservative government.
But in order to make that a reality, we need to redouble our efforts over the next six days.
Our country’s future is at risk from an unstable, reckless coalition made up of Ignatieff Liberals, NDP and the Bloc Québécois.
We are concerned that due to media coverage or “so-called polls”, some might feel that the election is already over. That is not the case.
Make no mistake – nothing is decided yet. There are many close races where even a handful of votes will make the difference. And without a strong, stable, national majority Conservative government after the next election, we know what the other parties will do. They will form a coalition – they did it before, they’ll do it again.
We have seen what the NDP can do. In Ontario, we remember what happened when the NDP got hold of the reins of power: tens of thousands of jobs lost, an economy totally mismanaged, and skyrocketing taxes.
After all, one of Jack Layton’s own MPs has just said today, “Remember 1990 (when the provincial NDP led by Bob Rae won the Ontario election)? This seems to be a wave that’s moving.” (Stoney Creek News, April 27, 2011)
And what are the NDP promising this time around? A job-killing carbon tax on Canadians, at a time when gas prices are getting higher by the day. Massive new tax hikes to pay for NDP pet projects. And $70 billion in spending in the NDP’s own election platform!
As Conservatives, we must buckle down and take this threat from our opponents seriously. Over the Easter weekend, Elections Canada reported that the advance polls had a record turnout. We know our opponents were working extremely hard over the weekend to get out every Liberal, NDP and Bloc Québécois voter they could.
Now is not the time to rest. We must get out our vote on Monday, May 2.
Please help us. Spread the message to your family and friends about how more than ever, Canada needs a strong, stable, national majority Conservative government for the future of our country. If you can, take a family member or friend to the polls.
Canada’s future is at stake in this election. We can’t entrust that future with the high-tax, high spending agenda of the Ignatieff-NDP-Bloc Québécois coalition.
National Campaign Manager
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