Just when you thought the Conservatives couldn't sink any lower, comes word of their latest disgusting but taxpayer-funded 10-per center mailer. This one in Quebec targets the Bloc Quebecois:
A pervert in a plaid shirt is luring a child in a park, but the Bloc Québécois will not do anything to stop him, the Conservative Party says in a new round of attack ads.Such an attack would be disgusting no matter who footed the bill. But the fact the Conservatives are using 100 per cent taxpayer dollars to launch this vicious and classless attack makes it all the more galling. It brings to mind the Paul Martin/child pornography attack the Conservatives launched during the 2004 election that was one of the factors that cost Stephen Harper that election.
The message, which was sent at taxpayers' expense in every single Bloc riding, features a blurry picture of a small boy leaving a park with an older man. The two are walking hand-in-hand, and a nearby kiddy swing is empty.
“Your Bloc MP has voted against the protection of children,” the tag line states.
The Conservatives have been abusing the 10 per center privilege for years, but they've reached a new low of late. They've also been using 10 per centers, which are supposed to be used to inform Canadians on policy, to launch scandalous personal attacks against the Liberals and Michael Ignatieff that ape the messages of their paid attack ads:
Its a line of attack by the way that even Harper himself has admitted is hot air.
In the last week, several Tory MPs have sent out newsletters to tens of thousands of Canadians which contain two full pages of content that reproduces the messaging and graphics in the recent "Just Visiting" attack ads paid for by the Conservative Party of Canada.
The newsletters — which are produced and mailed at taxpayer expense — include attack ads that say Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff would raise taxes and suggest he is not qualified to be prime minister because he has spent most of his career working outside the country.
Fair-minded Conservatives should be disgusted by the behavior of their party. Even if they agree with the thrust of these reprehensible attacks, the should still be sickened over the blatant use of taxpayer dollars for purely partisan political attacks and advertising, something that supposedly goes against everything they've ever stood for.
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