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Attack ad strategy blowing up in Cons. faces

Many of us thought the new “Stephane is not a leader” ads targeting him on the piecemeal Senate reform bill by the Tories was a tad baffling… but now it looks downright dumb, in light of the fact that yet another province has come out against it:

Stephen Harper’s vaunted Senate reform agenda is in jeopardy, with Newfoundland becoming the fourth province to insist that provincial consent must be obtained to change Canada’s upper house. In a letter to the prime minister, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams joins Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick in contending that Parliament cannot unilaterally reform the Senate.

Now, I’m not surprised Danny Williams would come out against it, as he’ll do anything between now and the next election to embarrass the Tories as much as possible, but if there was to be any traction to be gained on this issue for the Tories (which many in the politics field thought was dubious at best), its been completely lost with the provinces now starting to line up against it.

As Steve says at his blog:

Provincial governments, representing 2/3 of Canadians, not to mention Saskatchewan’s concerns and British Columbia’s less than enthusiastic endorsement, all combine to make the attack ads look factually laughable. Canada, nary a leader to be found, virtually anywhere. Dion apparently is in good company, while Harper looks increasingly out of step.

The ironic thing is, as Steve mentions, is that the Senate may now be emboldened to kill the bill outright because of mounting provincial objections, when Dion was never against this bill in the first place – he just wanted some amendments to it to prevent the Senate from being completely stacked by a majority government. Harper may be a political wonk, but he does not have the Midas touch on every issue or thing he decides to do, as some have tried to portray him. Afghanistan and the environment issue are proof of that, and this is as well.


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