Sunday, March 20, 2011

Big blunder

Updated below.

The Harper party's attack on Ignatieff's family is getting some attention this afternoon.
He said the Tories’ targeting of his character and family is unparalleled in this country. “These personal attacks are unprecedented in the history of Canadian democracy,” Mr. Ignatieff charged.

“[Stephen Harper] is absolutely out of control. He thinks he can get away with and say anything,” the Liberal Leader said. “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian. I am a proud Canadian. I won’t take that from him or from anybody else.”

He added: “Canadians got to ask themselves is this the kind of politics you want? This is a prime minister who is prepared to say anything to hold on to power.”
The Conservatives seem to think that they're invulnerable, that the polls that have been relatively fixed for years now mean that they can say what they want with some kind of halo of impunity surrounding them. This latest broadside is not looking good on them at all...

Update (8:00 p.m.): This attack on Ignatieff's family history also runs directly counter to the Prime Minister's own words in one of his latest ads, the first one here, where he says: "We're lucky to live in Canada, a land where merit means more than privilege, where who you are matters more than who you know or where you came from." So much for those words.

Update (8:05 p.m.): Those words from the PM also have some resonance given the current Bruce Carson matter. Who you know actually seems to matter more than who you are with the Harper Government™.

Update (8:25 p.m.): Last one! There is video of Ignatieff speaking about the Harper personal attacks here from CTV's Question Period today. Last two minutes or so, definitely worth watching.