Dale Bass, a news writer and editorialist from Kamloops this Week re-posted the following comment on Facebook late yesterday:
The Conservative Party of Canada has bought out the front page of newspapers across the country and replaced them with an ad **made to look like it's coming directly from Elections Canada**, warning Canadians not to vote Liberal or NDP...
I'm ashamed that our leadership continues to stoop lower than I ever thought possible.
ME: It's an ad. What does it have to do with Elections Canada? Just like ANY OTHER ad, it WILL BE identified as being paid for the Conservative Party. This is little more than whining individuals suffering from HDS.
There were never ads on the front pages of newspapers, before complacent Canadians allowed their information media to be captured by a small cabal of extremely wealthy men who use it like toys. Canada has the developed world's most concentrated ownership of media.
Journalism is an extension of education. Imagine if any advertiser could set the curriculum of lessons. If this trend continues Kelloggs would put ads for sugary cereals in health class. The Saudis, who are Canada's biggest customers for weapons, would have ads in books about the Middle East praising their way of life and religious fundamentalism.
That said, you still haven't answered the question I asked ... how does this wrapper have anything to do with people somehow believing its Elections Canada telling you to vote Conservative? This original post is just more scare mongering from the left, plain and simple. There is absolutely NO basis in fact!
That being the case, all ads would be such, including those from ALL political parties including the darlings of some reporters -- the Liberals, and NDP.
I was in advertising for years, and I know it is created to influence the public to make a choice, the choice being put forward by the advertisers. Ads run from similar advertisers (IE: competing auto manufacturers, cereals companies, cleaning products, etc, etc)
All are designed to impact and affect our emotions. We consumers (and voters) can either choose to be sucked in and accept what is presented hook line and sinker -- OR -- we can take a moment to investigate what is presented, and filter out truth from fiction (or manipulation)
I guess for me, the bottom line is that people -– from all sides of the political spectrum -- foist un-quantified / miss-leading blanket statements out to the public, on social media, that have no basis in fact.
I believe the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper, provides Canadians with the best opportunity for job growth, a strong economy, a taxation plan that takes the least possible from us, and gives us the best opportunities for ourselves and future generations.
Both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have promised BILLIONS in spending to buy the votes of ill-informed Canadians.
Some from the left leaning side of the political spectrum would have us believe that Stephen Harper is little more than a robotic Vulcan. Well, he never claimed to be (or have) a sparkling / dazzling personality. He is what we need, a leader that governs with both facts – and compassion – to the needs of Canadians.