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Monday, October 26, 2009 

Cheque - Logo Scandal IS STILL Stinging Conservatives

Days after the MSM and public first found out about Harper's MP's using the Conservative Party logo on federal stimulus cheques, the story just won't go away. Here is a quote from Lorne Gunter, (not known for his left leanings) in today's Edmonton Journal and Regina Leader-Post:

"There are two things particularly galling about the pasting of big Conservative party logos on big government cheques giving out big amounts of tax-dollar subsidies for local infrastructure. The first is, the practice is crass and stupid.

Who does not see right through it? Which recipient of these giant, photo-op devices does not know they are being used as pawns in a bid by the local MP to enhance his or her re-election chances? Who does not realize that the funds are being provided by the hardworking people of Canada through their too-high taxes rather than via freewill donations to the Conservative party?

The answer, of course, is no one. No one is dumb enough to be bamboozled by this glaringly tactless tactic. So in addition to being crass, the strategy is stupid, because it is unlikely to make either the recipients or the general public more likely to vote Conservative.

It's doubly stupid, because there was never a chance the gluing of CPC logos onto dummy cheques was going to go undiscovered. Some reporter or opposition politician somewhere was going to notice. The story was going to go national and when it did, it was going to do more harm than good. I don't think Canadians resent enough the brazen way in which our politicians polish up their own selfish interests with our money."

Regina Leader-Post

The conservatives like to use such cheap and tawdry tactics and these prop cheques. In so doing, they underestimate the Canadian public.

Let's not underestimate the amount of damage they could continue to do come the next election. Let's vote them out and reduce them to a Kim Campbell-style 2-seat caucus.

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