Conservative attack ad was expected

Tories start ad put-down as soon as Justin Trudeau became federal Liberal leader

To the editor:

We were watching the results event for the federal Liberal Party’s leadership campaign.

One of the group suggested a pool in which we pick the time of the first Conservative attack advertising. He then took 9 a.m. the next day.

None of us would bet against that time.

Such is the nature and predictability of the Conservative Party.

The list of those attacked is now lengthy and results obtained seem to be following the law of diminishing returns. I’m reminded of the famous Richard Nixon Republican Party enemies list of the early 1970s.

After the initial outrage, being on the list became a badge of honour. Soon, those omitted were outraged for having been excluded.

This whole business of Conservative attack ads would be little more than farce if the harm being done wasn’t so great. On one level, Liberals would have cause to worry if the Conservatives hadn’t attacked Justin Trudeau. Wouldn’t that indicate he was not a threat to the Harperites?

However, [Prime Minster] Stephen Harper delivered right on cue, just as my colleague said he would. The ad now begs the question: what does Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod make of it? Does she agree with the tactic? We have yet to hear from her and silence is itself an answer.

If she doesn’t repudiate the attack, then she will have proved one of the points Justin made Sunday afternoon – that here in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo we do not have a representative championing our aspirations and goals in Parliament. Instead, we are burdened with a person who is little more than a conduit for the decrees of Stephen Harper.

Murray Todd, president

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Liberal Riding Association