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Harper attack ads on Justin Trudeau blows-up

As a country, we were prepared for them. When Justin Trudeau won his all-but-inevitable victory, we knew they were soon to follow. What we didn't know was how swift and how comically inept they would be. Less than 24 hours after he was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservative Party attack ads began. First on YouTube, and then on actual television later in the day. To call them comically inept would actually be a bit generous. Despite the fact that they had months to prepare, the Tories' first salvo looks like it was slapped together over the weekend by a couple of interns. The ad purports to show that Trudeau is unfit for the office of Prime Minister because he is too young and he lacks experience. Leaving aside the fact that Stephen Harper was 43 when he became leader of the Canadian Alliance (a veritable ancient when compared to Trudeau's boyish 41) and that he actually had less experience (43 months) as an MP than Trudeau has today (54 months), the Tories still managed to completely blow it. Which is surprising, considering how much experience they have with attack ads, having run them against Dion, Ignatieff, Mulcair, and even Bob Rae. Read more..


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