There is a new Conservative ad (see below) that alleges NDP Leader Jack Layton was involved in planning the 2008 coalition long before Canadians went to the polls in October of that year. A male voice states — “He did it before and he will do it again and Canada will pay the price” — as we see a photo image of Layton shaking hands with Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe.
Interestingly, in the last day or so, I have read that a certain NDP MP is asking that the Tories remove the ad from the air ways — in much the same way the Conservatives asked the Liberals to remove the health care ad — claiming the ad was not based on fact.
Well, sorry, but there is a big difference between the ads. The quote attributed to PM Stephen Harper in the Liberal ad was actually said by someone else. And, the information in the ad is incorrect. Meaning the Liberal ad is a complete distortion of reality.
Now, compare that to the ad about Jack Layton. It is based on what the Globe and Mail called “a surreptitiously recorded tape of a New Democratic Party caucus meeting” that indicated there had been a long-existing plan with the Bloc Québécois to defeat the government.
Actually, I heard that recording myself at the time of the 2008 coup attempt when it was posted somewhere on the Internet. From what I can recall, no one at the NDP caucus meeting actually said anything specific about a coalition plan, just that it was assumed by the way the conversation was going, that it was a given.
Meaning the Conservative ad about Layton “is” allegedly based on fact.
Why is the anti-Layton/NDP ad out now? Because polls are showing the NDP numbers are rising throughout the country, particularly in Quebec making a nightmare scenario possible. Just imagine, for instance, if there was another Conservative minority and Layton’s NDP had the second largest seat count.
When the opposition voted non-confidence in the newly elected government at the first opportunity (which I have no doubt they are planning to do), it would be Jack Layton who would be prime minister in an NDP/Liberal/Bloc coalition, accord or special arrangement. Whatever they call the arrangement, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the NDP would have access to taxpayers’ money.
An ad of desperation as Paul Dewar complains? Perhaps, because if the idea of a Canadian government led by a socialist, anti-corporate, pro-tax, free-spending NDP doesn’t scare Canadians, I don’t know what will. Yes, indeed, just look to Spain, Portugal and Greece for an idea of how heavy that price could be.
Or, closer to home and speaking of paying a huge price, just remember what the Bob Rae NDP did to Ontario — all because Ontarians were protesting the fact that Liberal Premier David Peterson called an election after only three years.
On May 2nd, for a stable government, whether as a protest vote or to ensure stability, I am recommending that Canadians mark their “X” beside their Conservative candidate’s name.
Updates: Here are some further links that validate the truth of the Conservative ad:
- This CBC link proves the NDP were planning a coalition arrangement long before the 2008 federal election campaign, as do the links visitors have left in this post’s comment thread as well.
- There is this Globe and Mail link, as well what is on this Google search page, where the NDP wanted the RCMP to probe the leak of the recording — not that what we heard was inaccurate but simply that it was done illegally.
- Here is a link to the “accord” the Liberal/NDP/Bloc coalition signed in December 2008 and which is still in effect until June 2011. (H/T Alberta Girl)
- HEADS UP: Here is the YouTube page where the NDP caucus “conference call clip” can be found. Readers should just check each link until they find the one discussed in this post. Here also is a Toronto Star column describing what was said in the tape recording. (H/T for both links to Ontario Girl)
It appears to me that when NDP MP Paul Dewar tried to shut down this discussion by saying the Conservative ad should be pulled because its premise was false, he simply made things worse. Because, all that has happened is that everyone is looking on the Internet for the old sources and tapes to prove the ad is correct.
You see, whether the making of the recording was illegal or not isn’t the point for the voting public right now. What is the point is the truth of what was said on the recording — that none of the three opposition parties can be trusted not to usurp a duly elected Conservative government, minority or not.