Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Canadian "neo-conservatives"

That's the meme that Paul Martin introduced last night after the non-confidence vote.

According to CBC:

Martin criticized the "alliance of neo-Conservatives, the separatist Bloc Québécois and the New Democrats" for forcing an election.

This provides ample confirmation that the Liberal's major tactic in this election will be to demonise the Conservatives, and particularly Stephen Harper, as scary extremist right-wingers.

Invoking the neo-conservative label (what complete nonsense!) combines this with another of the Liberal's chosen tactics of desperation: anti-Americanism. If the Liberals can create a mental association in the minds of Canadians with the current US government, then they hope to tap into a mentality of fear and prejudice. "Vote for the Liberals" the reasoning goes "or we'll end up like those horrible Americans." Unfortunately, this can be extremely effective with issues like healthcare, and the Conservatives must address it forcefully. If this is the way the Liberals want to go, then much more in the way of associating them with "organised crime", as Harper did a few days ago, will be justified.

Sadly, this is likely to be the level of the coming campaign.

Captain Ed has thoughts on the fall of the Government.
Austin Bay has choice words for Paul Martin (Nixon Of The North....LOL)


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