OTTAWA – A conservative strike announcement launched ahead of Sunday’s scheduled election call is being criticized as silly, tacky and disgraceful, by the party’s own members of Parliament.
The 37 second video features a cutout of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau clumsily glued to the face of Veruca Salt, the spoiled brat from the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” in a scene from the film where he does a tantrum over not getting what he wants in a song called “I want it now.”
In their case, they are candy and chocolate. In Trudeau’s, a majority government.
“The only reason for an election is because Trudeau wants a majority,” reads the ad’s tagline.
The video appeared online late Friday afternoon and began racking up views within minutes, and critics quickly piled up, poking fun at not only its production value but also the sexist inference that Trudeau’s liberals are girls. complainers.
Then came the consternation of the party itself in a series of responses posted on Twitter:
“Let’s be very clear, I’m not a fan of @JustinTrudeau with a provincial state of emergency, growing concerns about wildfires in my province, and possible fourth wave concerns. this choice is purely selfish, ”wrote Todd Doherty, a BC MP who serves as an advisor to leader Erin O’Toole on mental health and wellness.
“But @CPC_HQ I and others hope you are better. This is embarrassing. “
Former Saskatchewan Prime Minister Brad Wall, long regarded as someone who might one day run for party leadership, raised his digital eyebrows in disbelief:
“Please tell me – @CPC_HQ that someone hacked into your account and this is not an actual advertisement for your party. “
Ontario MP Scott Aitchison, whose own constituents seemed to be critical of him personally for the ad, was quick to say he had nothing to do with it.
“Well, I suspect I never got your vote, but I agree the video is silly,” he wrote to one.
“Unfortunately they don’t ask me my opinion on these things.”
Alberta MP Blaine Calkins, whose driving is one of the safest Tory seats in the country, appeared to speak up for many upset about the ad’s youthful focus.
“Applying to be the Ruling Party of Canada is serious business, requiring serious people to make good, reasonable and mature decisions,” he wrote.
“I trust the decision maker who decided to post this tacky and ghastly video will catch up.”
The Conservative Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Star previously reported that the party hired Topham Guerin, a New Zealand firm that has helped other conservative campaigns around the world.
The firm was once dubbed “a 24-hour meme machine” that prides itself on its ability to shock people and provoke strong emotions.
Canadian Conservative MPs quickly distancing themselves from the campaign headquarters show the current tension between the party’s leadership and its rank and file, many of whom are looking at the party’s less than stellar performance in recent polls and concerned about their own seats.
An exceptionally popular Conservative MP, Pierre Poilievre, has been running his own highly produced ads for weeks that make little mention of his leader and focus on tangible things he has delivered to residents of his Ottawa area, a place where liberals have been gaining ground. ground in past elections.
While some have suggested the ads lay the groundwork for a future leadership bid by Poilievre, he recently told the Star that his intention is singular: to remind and show his own constituents who he is.
“What you’re seeing is the side of me that the community sees,” he said at a recent event for another local Conservative candidate, Matt Triemstra.
“I am fighting for my community and that is what I am doing.”
The party’s national announcement fell as the Liberal government was furiously tying up some loose ends, one of many signs that Trudeau is heading to Rideau Hall to ask Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve Parliament and call elections.
But the clearest poster appeared on Saturday morning: his own election announcement.
In the one minute place With a montage of patriotic clips with orchestral music on the rise, Trudeau calls on Canadians to come together to make things better.
“Let’s think of even bigger Canada. Let’s be relentless. Let’s keep moving forward, for everyone. “
The last three words seem to be the liberals’ campaign slogan for the elections.
His campaign will expose Canadians who need a majority in the Commons for two purposes: to end the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to rebuild the country after the devastating economic and emotional losses of the past 17 months.
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