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This article was published 14/8/2008 (2820 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
My mouthy NDP MP might want to take a break from the chaos of his federal ethics committee and do some quickie polling to make sure he's still going to win his Winnipeg Centre seat by a bajillion votes. The federal Tories dropped another ten-percenter in my mailbox last night - this one from Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz.Do the Tories know something we don't know? Is Pat's 7,000 vote margin of victory shrinking? I've heard Winnipeg South Centre Grit MP Anita Neville complain bitterly about the ten-percenters dumped into her riding, one the Tories could conceivably win. But Winnipeg Centre? Tell that
to Stanley Knowles.That's the second Tory flyer I've had in two weeks. Curtis Brown wrote
about the first one from a Vancouver Island MP late last month. This latest flyer was about drug addicts and how our playgrounds are littered with needles and drug dealers are prowling schoolyards looking to hook kids on the junk. It's all a bit melodramatic, and the American-style over-sell trivializes a complex problem. Plus, it kind of gets up my nose that some MP from small-town Saskatchewan or idyllic Vancouver Island is trying to talk tough about drugs in a riding he's probably never been to and that has genuine problems that deserve a little more thought than a scare-tactic photo of a dirty needle under the baby swings.