Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 01/30/2014 2:58 PM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 01/30/2014 4:33 PM | Updates
Bring it on, says Opposition Leader Brian Pallister on an NDP plan to launch a new series of TV attack ads against him.
"The NDP running attack ads doesn’t bother me," he told reporters today. "It’s not a reflection on me — it’s a reflection on their desperation. I’m not afraid of it."
The TV ads are to be shown first Feb. 8 at the AGM in Winnipeg and are intended to poke a hole in Pallister’s balloon as Premier Greg Selinger’s popularity sags in public opinion polls.
Sources have said the ads will run during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Pallister also said he has no worries about how the ads might portray him.
"I’ve got a record. They can consult the record and they can have at 'er," he said this afternoon outside his office. "The reality is they’re running from their own record and everybody knows it."
NDP House Leader Andrew Swan said the ads will convey the truth about Pallister, who he described as a willing participant in the former Tory government of Gary Filmon and its cutting of essential government services during the 1990s.
"It’s about giving people information," Swan said. "Brian Pallister, as I see by his comments where he has a record, he sure does have a record. His record is reckless cuts to the public service, record-setting cuts to things that people depended on when he was in Gary Filmon’s cabinet. Manitoba has changed a lot since then. Brian Pallister has not changed one bit."
Swan said he hadn’t seen the ads, but saw the concept for them.
"I’m very glad that the Manitoba NDP is going to provide Manitobans with more information so they can make an informed choice," Swan said.
The ads are to air almost two years away from the next general election. That could come in fall 2015, but if the Harper government calls a federal election for the fall of 2015, the Manitoba election would be delayed until the following April.
Pallister said his party’s own recent advertising can’t be compared to what the NDP has up its sleeve.
"Advertising is fine. The issue here is the nature of the advertising. Nobody has asked any questions about our advertising because it’s based on fact."
Updated on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM CST: Adds comments from NDP House Leader Andrew Swan.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Soldier killed in Parliament Hill siege
Security at Manitoba Legislature tightened after Ottawa shooting
Winnipeg decides: polls now open
Woman arrested after 6 dead infants found in storage locker
Candlelight vigil being held for babies tonight at 6 p.m.
Bombers offensive line uncertain heading into must-win game against B.C.
Attorney says Kings' Voynov didn't hit girlfriend
Jets apply tourniquet
Senate to hear more cluster bomb testimony
Family, friends, colleagues bid farewell to Lindor Reynolds
Griddle me this
Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist
St. Malo man dies after collision
Civic election: then and now
Bank of England keeps rates steady
Teen missing in East Elmwood found safe
German firm wins appeal in Spain thalidomide case
Warm weather, possibly rain, on election day
Century ago: Great War, great champagne vintage
Bank of Canada maintains 1% interest rate
Dead newborns found in locker
Pope praises Bayern Munich after Roma rout
Pakistani Nobel laureate honoured in Philadelphia