Is it time to vote again yet?

I’m getting awfully tired of seeing Liberal-bashing ads on prime time television. The end of each ad proclaims them to be “brought to you by the Conservative Party of Canada.” But the Conservative Party was brought to Canada by Canada. Elected by Canada. Paid for by Canada.

I accept the fact that Canada desired new government in the House of Commons, and I accept that this government may reallocate my tax dollars to more closely suit their own agenda. That’s why we vote.

But why am I paying for political ads? There’s no election going on now. There’s seemingly no reason for the Conservative party to attempt to curry favour from the populace at the moment. Regardless of which party I voted for I shouldn’t be forced to pay for slanderous, self-serving tripe. It’s inappropriate, irresponsible, and unethical of any government to do so.

I find this practise particularly slimy because, if the ads were showed during election time, they would be out of accordance with CRTC political advertising rules.

For example, “all candidates and parties are entitled to some coverage that will give them the opportunity to expose their ideas to the public.” I’ve thankfully been exempt from paying for Liberal rebuttal ads, though, according to the CRTC, such an opportunity is due:

“…if paid advertising time is sold to any party or candidate, advertising time must be made available on an equitable basis to rival parties and candidates. “

Furthermore, during elections, one-sided inflammatory advertisements have been all but unheard-of as far as I’ve observed. There’s a reason for this – the CRTC holds itself and television and radio stations responsible for the equitable presentation of issues by political parties.

“Section 3 of the Act requires that ‘the programming originated by broadcast undertakings should be of high standard’ and ‘the programming provided by the Canadian broadcasting system should provide a reasonable opportunity for the public to be exposed to the expression of differing views on matters of public concern'”

These cheap-shot ads are the least of my worries, disgusting though they may be.

It’s generally agreed that the Conservatives stole the Liberal’s minority government by bombarding the public with ads bringing to light an embarassing and illegal Liberal sponsorship scandal. Fair game. However, it’s perplexingly infuriating that the Conservatives have yet failed to punish their own Minister of Heritage for doing the same thing very shortly after the election, and later took measures to justify its illegal sponsorship funds by means of a loophole in their own Accountability Act.

The Liberals’ term ended with former Right Honourable Prime Minister Paul Martin denying America’s request to set up a defensive missile shield on Canadian soil. The simply Right current Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s term began by sending Canadians to combat in Afghanistan.

The Liberals, interpreting Canada’s Charter of Rights, deemed same-sex marriage legal and in the spirit of the country. The Conservatives, ignoring the Canadian majority’s votes and morals, vowed to re-open the issue. This ended in embarassment for Harper when his discriminatory motion was defeated by a large majority.

Since taking power the Conservatives have inexplicably lowered the GST while ballooning military spending, eliminated government-sponsored child care and ended women’s support services in a double-whammy assault on women’s rights, stepped up efforts to deport even well accepted and loved illegal immigrants, and preceded children’s movies with army recruitment ads.

I urge all Canadians, whether in support or in contempt of our Conservative government, to voice their concerns to the Prime Minister. Do so by way of your local MP, your provincial premier, or email Harper himself at

I’ve never before been so motivated to vote.

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4 replies on “Is it time to vote again yet?”

Your indignation seems to stem from your belief that your tax dollars are paying for the “Liberal Bashing Ads.” They aren’t. The Conservative Party is sitting on a pile of money — they’ve had no trouble getting funds from like-minded Canadian individuals and corporations — and it’s spending the money now before being subject to election advertising rules. Not very pretty but, it’s their money. Liberals are stil trying to pay past debts and the NDP coffers aren’t over-flowing. Expect each to try to use the news media and householders / newsletters, blogs and websites to respond to the Conservative barrage.

This does make me feel better about the situation in one way. It’s still insulting to be subjected to this slander and it’s still in very bad taste. My indignation stems from a lot more than this round of public mudslinging, as I mention in my post, but at least Harper has the common sense to blow his own funds rather than the country’s.

Thanks very much for your comment and for setting me straight, Dana.

Perhaps you should check the first link in my post for the Conservative-published television spots. If you believe the propaganda it’s Liberal bad, Conservative good.

Thanks for citing references and examples, though. Engaging argument. Turned me right around.


The above comment really cheeses me off. My post makes it patently clear that I’m expressing my own opinion, and that I recognize the illegal and amoral transgressions of the Liberal party. Furthermore, I invite Canadians who are for or against our current government to express their feelings to the Prime Minister. Neutral, no?

Also note that in my new About Brian page I state that I pledge no allegiance to any political party, and while I tend to lean left I do agree with some conservative (if not Conservative) policies.

RTFA, pal.

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