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C.R.U.S.H. formally responds to the Conservatives calling them ‘radical’

I was wondering whether or not we’d see a formal response from C.R.U.S.H to being called “radicals” by the Conservative Party, and they have indeed issued a press release, which I hope they won’t mind me re-printing in full:

Conservative Party of Canada redefines the meaning of being a political “radical”

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -(Marketwire – May 12, 2010) – A grassroots group of Canadians dedicated to engaging their fellow Canadians in political discussion has recently learned that is has been labeled as “radical” by the Conservative Party of Canada.

According to a report by Jane Taber, Globe & Mail, Monday, May 10, a recent issue of Conservative talking points identifies Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper (C.R.U.S.H.) as “a radical anti-Stephen Harper group”.

“We were absolutely shocked to see this report” said Tina Naftali, a Montreal resident and spokesperson for C.R.U.S.H., a 3,000-member group of Canadians organized through Facebook. “This is Canada, isn’t it? Since when is it considered radical to criticize the government’s performance?”

The group’s Facebook page describes their objective as “A group of committed Canadians who want to exercise their democratic right to unseat Stephen Harper in a general election. Our central goal is to get out mainstream media ads that will reach out to as many fellow Canadians as we can and engage them in a discussion about the actions of Mr. Harper’s government. The ads will focus on issues of trust, transparency, accountability, and democratic values”.

To date, C.R.U.S.H. has published ads in a number of national and local newspapers including the Toronto Star and The Hill Times. The ads are funded solely through member donations. Ms. Naftali pointed out that all C.R.U.S.H. ads are viewable on their website at “I’ll leave it to Canadians to examine the ads and decide if they are radical” commented Naftali.

“We are Canadians from all walks of life with members who identify with every political party or none at all” said Naftali, who went on to comment on low voter turnout in recent federal elections stating “politicians are concerned that Canadians are not engaged in the political process, however, it seems that by getting involved and engaging other Canadians, the government then labels you a radical”.

In reflecting on this newly earned moniker, Naftali takes comfort in the words of Ghandi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Nice to see them officially responding to the Conservatives through media releases. If the Conservatives view them as important enough/dangerous enough to attack in their “internal memos” that they send to Jane Taber at the Globe so she can leak them, then they’re important enough to formally respond in their own press release to the media.

If I were a betting man though, I’m betting Jane Taber won’t even mention this CRUSH press release response… not juicy enough or too boring for her, I suspect.


12 comments to C.R.U.S.H. formally responds to the Conservatives calling them ‘radical’

  • leeky

    Is THAT what it was…I didn’t know that Liberals made points. I’m so used to the usual empty rhetoric that you guys make.

    • Jon Pertwee

      @leeky, Pot meet Leeky the kettle

      Come back when you have a point to make, or a thought in your head.

      “ring ring” is that your CPOC talking point fax machine ringing? Answer it, your overlords want to update your beliefs.

  • leeky

    “local Con MP won the riding with only 34% support”

    Which means that the local LIBERAL candidate got even less…right?

  • I recently promoted CRUSH in an online newsletter in my riding. A supposed Conservative supporter replied by changing the “Canadian” in CRUSH to “Communist”. It caused quite a response, considering the local Con MP won the riding with only 34% support.

    Da svidanya comrades!

  • ridenrain

    So when a group has a 2x Liberal candidate running the show, I can imagine that the roots for the astroturf must be almost microscopic. Possibly even the thickness of a manila envelope left behind on the chair in a Quebec cafe?

    • canuckguy

      @ridenrain, Or the envelopes of cash passed in New York hotels and kept in the home safe. But, that’s all old news, ridenrain. Try to keep up.

    • Jon Pertwee

      @ridenrain, weak ridenrain, truly weak. You must have been held back a lot in school.

      Do you have your own opinions or just what the loudest windbag in the room tells you to think?

      Such a tory stooge you are RR.

    • @ridenrain, for the record, Mary Pynenburg is not running the show at C.R.U.S.H. I’m a member of the organizing team at C.R.U.S.H. and I didn’t realize she was a member of the group until the Conservative Party pointed that out. Now that I am aware, I warmly welcome Mary to the group. As soon as the Conservative Party (via the Jane Taber column) alerted me to her membership in C.R.U.S.H. I immediately sent Mary a Facebook friend request, which she accepted. So, my thanks go out to the Conservative Party for that.

  • Big Winnie

    I’m glad that CRUSH decided to respond.

    “…I’m betting Jane Taber won’t even mention this CRUSH press release response… not juicy enough or too boring for her, I suspect.” Scott, I dn’t think she’ll print it because it didn’t come from her Con masters!

  • Nadine_L

    Here’s the follow up re Taber’s response.

    Ms. Pynenburg remains perplexed. First, she says the supposedly “radical anti-Stephen Harper group” is a Facebook group that is pointing out the Prime Minister’s “radical agenda.” She adds: “And that does not make them radicals it makes them caring Canadians.”

  • canuckguy

    Yeah, I tend to agree with you. Taber may not pick it up but some of the others may. Regardless, I’m glad to see that CRUSH responded. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the government has to malign people just for having opinions that might be contrary to their ideology. As it asked in the press release “This is Canada, isn’t it?” Lately, I’m not so sure anymore.

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