If there’s any doubt the campaign is on, and where it’s headed, it’s this NDP ad which hit the TV airwaves and the Internet a week ago.
Eight seconds in and it pretty much sums up where the Dippers are headed in their new attack ad on Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen.
"We know Mr. McFadyen would overturn water protection laws and allow E. Coli and urine to pollute our rivers and lakes," says the 30-second spot, a young child sitting on a dock in the visual.
We don’t see her face, but I bet she’s crying, what with all that pee and poo in the water. Will she ever (sniffle) swim at the cottage again?
Would McFadyen really do that?
For the record, all he’s said is that the province could save $350 million by backing off its plan to require the City of Winnipeg to remove nitrogen from its wastewater. Phosphorus should be removed, but removing nitrogen too would have a negligible effect, he says. A bunch of scientists say the same thing.
You can watch the NDP attack ad on YouTube as many times as you like.
There’s also http://www.knowhugh.ca where you can give ol’ Hugh a piece of your mind and if orange is your favourite Kool-Aid, then you can bookmark the NDP Caucus Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Winnipeg-MB/Manitoba-NDP-Caucus/372498358268.
There are no discussions yet on the fan page, so you can mosey right on over to http://yourmanitoba.ca/caucus2010 for a heaping helping of what the Selingerites say about their leader and their 11 years in government. You can then share what you find out by clicking on the Twitter button.
Here’s the point: Does stuff like this work? Does it really influence voters?
Some say it does. Attack ads and social media are now standard ingredients in how to run a campaign. Both supposedly reach wider audiences than traditional means.
I dunno about that. To me the social media bandwagon was hijacked a long time ago. Heck, even cats have blogs now.
And attack ads? I think we watch them more for comedic relief. Really, does anyone take them seriously?
Anyway, all this talk of E. Coli and urine makes me want to dance. Here are the Stones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBq3fnyJX3A
Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.