In yet another story about the propaganda that the Con's are desparately trying to peddle Prentice say's something rather interesting:
But the Tories are trying to sever any public perception that Mr. Dion is part of the same party that rescued Ottawa's finances a decade ago, saying he's no Paul Martin.
"The Liberals who administered the country in the past are different than the Liberals under Mr. Dion," Mr. Prentice said, advising reporters to be wary if Liberals "try to take you back in a time machine and claim they are the party that slew the deficit."
Let me get this straight. They spend most of their time suggesting that the Liberal's are the same old deal and have learned nothing from ad-scam, but now when it's convenient, they suggest this is not the same Party. He goes on to say:
He said proof of how the party has changed is the fact that former Ontario premier Bob Rae has a key role in it, suggesting that Mr. Dion will copy Mr. Rae's deficit-spending record.
Huh? I don't know the Con's run their cabinet, but something tells me that Harper did not make previous spending decisions based on advice from Peter MacKay. Rae's the Foreign Affairs critic for heavens sake AND while it's nice of Prentice to assume his win before it happens, he's not in Ottawa everyday, he's campaigning for the by-election. Proof? What a ridiculous statement.
"The Dion Liberals only know one approach to government: taxes and spending, deficits and debt - the approach that Mr. Rae used to nearly sink Ontario while he was the NDP premier of that province."
Since Dion has never formed government it's remarkable that Prentice knows what his approach to running one would be. The irony of course in citing Rae is the obvious real comparison of what our current Finance Minister did to Ontario. If Rae was the Leader, I could see them using this strategy, but in the real world this is just sophomoric.
Thankfully the Globe journalist, Steven Chase, isn't buying the drivel and makes a point to clear up the misleading information in both the ad and the spiel.
One reason the Conservatives can even raise the spectre of a return to deficits today is they've tapped the treasury heavily for tax breaks and spending since taking power in 2006.
They've nearly emptied Ottawa's coffers of spare cash by taking about $30-billion worth of annual government revenue and doling it out in tax cuts and spending, including $12-billion in reductions to the goods and services tax.
It was former Liberal finance minister Paul Martin who brought an end to 27 years of budget deficits when he balanced Ottawa's books in 1997-1998. Liberals also reduced federal debt by $68.1-billion before losing power in 2006.
The Tories also released a video, ridiculing the Liberal Leader, that includes repeated use of a clip of him saying "megatonnes of money," as if to suggest he will be a big spender. At one point, the video displays text that reads, "The true cost of Stéphane Dion?" Then it plays the clip and follows this up by displaying the figure $62.5-billion.
But the quote comes from speeches Mr. Dion has given where he says he wants Canada to grow rich by becoming a leader in environmental technology that helps reduce greenhouse gas output.
"Yes, Canada will cut megatonnes of emissions, but we will also make megatonnes of money," is the full quote Mr. Dion has used in speeches.
It's nice to see some clarity in the MSM.