Last week I heard more than one Conservative claim that the town halls being held across the country were going poorly. They kind of shrugged and implied therefore that they weren't worried about the plan.
Uh huh. I guess that is why they've planned more attack ad's to start airing in Atlantic Canada tomorrow.
Conservatives will start running anti-Dion radio advertisements Tuesday in Nova Scotia, with particular emphasis in the riding of Scott Brison.
Brison is hosting a meeting of Atlantic Liberal MPs in Digby, N.S. this week.
Liberals and Conservatives are statistically tied when it comes to voter support in Atlantic Canada, according to the latest Ipsos Reid poll done exclusively for Canwest News Service and Global National.
The Conservatives now believe they have the means to break that logjam by hammering Dion and Atlantic Canada Liberals on the costs of the green shift.
"We wouldn't be advertising if it wasn't politically important and relevant," said Kory Teneycke, the prime minister's director of communications.
What's intriguing to me is that they are doing this to increase their numbers in the polls, but that certainly hasn't worked thus far. In fact it could be argued that their negative attacks have hurt them. One wonders why they intend to continue?
While we don't know what these ad's will contain, this sentence gives us an idea.
Conservatives say that Liberal MPs from the region, such as Brison, Wayne Easter, and Dominic Leblanc have been soft-pedalling the costs of their party's green plan.
Really? Once again the Con's seem to be projecting here. The Lib's have laid out the costs, but guess who hasn't? Dion's plan has been costed has the price of carbon at $40.00 per tonne by year 4. The Con plan is estimated at $65.00/tonne. have you ever heard them say that?
I hope the Lib's in Atlantic Canada are prepared to hit back quickly. I don't know that we can afford advertising, but I'd sure be on the radio and in newspapers hitting back as soon as the Con campaign is on the airwaves.
I wouldn't attack though, I'd take the high road, establish the facts and denounce the Con plan for what it is. Leave the negativity to Harper. It's doing him no favours.
If anyone in Atlantic Canada hears the ad and/or could provide a link, please pass it along, though it may be up beside Oily on their website by tomorrow.