The media seems to be awakening to the fact that John Tory's provincial election campaign in
And he's not even doing a very good job of being negative. Take this latest incident, luckily captured on video and posted to YouTube, where Tory mocks a voter’s attendance of the
And then there’s Tory’s coming-out against the Liberal proposal for a statutory holiday in February: Family Day. Yes, that’s right, the Conservatives are opposed to holidays! And possibly families. Tune in next week for Tory’s keynote address “Cuddly Puppies, and why I think they’re lame.” And his coming proposal to stop kittens from playing with balls of yarn.
But seriously though, Tory's negativism goes beyond Ottawa U students, holidays, and possibly puppies. The Cons have released two new radio ads, one about Liberal spending and another about lottery fraud. Take a listen, it's hard to describe them as anything but negative.
And then, as Vicky notes, on John’s own Web site there’s a video that calls Dalton McGuinty a homewrecker. Ironically, John calls his Web site “leadership matters.” I’m not sure how leadership came to equal mudslinging, but alrighty then.
Anyway, so Tory’s going negative, maybe the homewrecker crack is a bit far but so what, politics is politics, and politicians go negative, right? Sure they do. But they don’t usually solemnly promise not to go negative first:
"I will not be engaging in personal attacks, I will not be personalizing, I have no interest in doing that - I'm going to try to raise the bar, in terms of the behaviour in politics and the way people conduct themselves in politics."
--John Tory, The
Star, February 2, 2005 Toronto
So, in an election where the Conservatives…oh, sorry, the John Tory team…is making such a big deal out of Liberal broken promises, they go out and break a big promise before the campaign is even officially underway.
I’ll give John this, he’s nothing if not ambitious. And negatively so. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers