Absent Liberals – The video player

UPDATE: The code is now working. Copy and paste the code below.

Be sure to put this on your blog. Instructions are below.

I was browsing YouTube earlier this evening and came across some recent uploads by somebody messaging against Stephane Dion for instructing his party to sit on their hands during the last session of Parliament. Dion’s Liberals abstained 43 times and could have brought down Stephen Harper’s government with any of these skipped votes. The videos that I found were uploaded by a user called “AbsentLiberals” and I’m fairly certain that it’s an NDP war-room effort. I believe that the NDP campaign created these videos to emphasize the point that their party was the only national opposition party to stand against the government. The NDP is making the point during this campaign that the Liberals gave Harper a de facto majority because they allowed the passage of his agenda by abstaining from votes. Of course, if Dion had voted against the government, we would have been in an election long ago as the Conservative Prime Minister made most bills issues of confidence. I also think that these videos are a product of the NDP war-room because they are also provided in French. Most unofficial activists would make the videos in either French or English but not both (there are 43×2 videos). UPDATE: As I suspected, these videos are from the NDP war-room.

Despite this likely being an NDP production, the message is plain for Conservatives and their supporters too; these videos show that Stephane Dion does not show leadership.

Years ago, I wrote a video distribution technique for Blogging Tories television and I think that the same can be applied for these videos. I modified my BT-TV program to deploy these “Absent Liberals” videos easily on your websites whether you support the Conservatives, the NDP or perhaps you are a Liberal that doesn’t support Dion. Just copy and paste the code into your own blog’s sidebar to embed the “Absent Liberals” video player. Imagine the player embedded on hundreds of blogs both left and right.

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Comments

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  • aa

    Your buddy Harper's talking point has been that Parliament was dysfunctional and Harper could not get legislation through. Now your saying Dion let HArper's legislation through. Well, what is it?

  • http://imrightasrain.blogspot.com/ AnonymousCoward

    <script language=”javascript” type=”text/javascript”>
    var bttvwidth=200;
    </script>

    <script language=”javascript” src=”http://www.stephentaylor.ca/absentliberals.js” type=”text/javascript”></script>

    Put this on your site

    Here is a more cleaned up version. The quotes used the above samples are not ASCII quotes.

    Thanks for setting this up Stephen

  • http://pumpkin-watch.blogspot.com/ Linda

    Hmmm – just tried it with the first (smaller) one – using Blogger’s HTML/Java Script gadget – and – nothing other than seeing ‘Put this on your site’ – which did not link back here. Advice?

  • http://pumpkin-watch.blogspot.com/ Linda

    Hmmm – just tried it with the first (smaller) one – using Blogger’s HTML/Java Script gadget – and – nothing other than seeing ‘Put this on your site’ – which did not link back here. Advice?

  • http://returnofthetory.wordpress.com The Trusty Tory

    Do you have anything in HTML?

  • Sandy

    Stephen. I can't get the code to work.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    d'oh! Thanks for pointing this out.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    No, HTML doesn't have this function.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    The code should work now. Just copy and paste the code above.

  • LaytonHiding

    Jack Layton has his own greatest hits on You Tube too – http://ca.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=Lying

  • East of Eden

    Off-topic, but the Liberals, and Garth, continue to perpetuate a lie about the MASSIVE income tax cuts. I read the Green Shift and there was something about the income tax cuts which didn’t add up. With some clever wording, it makes the income tax reductions appear to be large and certainly, Garth’s use of the word MASSIVE certainly could create the impression. However, when I took a look, I realized that the decreases of which the Green Shift speaks (Garth, today, stated that the average reduction is 10%) are the decrease in the RATE and absolutely not on the dollars paid in tax. I called Garth on this once and he brushed it off. The 10% average decrease in the RATE (a word which he never mentions) translates into about 1.5% reduction in the DOLLARS paid in income tax. This reduction is more than eaten up by the increases in the price of natural gas, groceries, services, etc. This whole business of the income tax reductions is a complete and total smoke and mirrors scam. I wish more Conservative bloggers would latch on to this and I wish our candidates would point this out.

    In addition, if this plan is supposed to be neutral and the Liberals are speaking of MASSIVE income tax cuts, then the amount of tax increase on the other side of the equation is equally as MASSIVE. I also pointed this out to Garth on his blog and his fans trounced me. I fail to see how the cuts can be MASSIVE and the tax increases be insignificant. Garth claims that the increase in heating costs will average only around $240 per year – um, this is not a paltry sum. It is almost equal to the MASSIVE income tax cut which I calculated using the Liberal calculator. If we have a particularly bitter winter, my increase will rise even further. Figure in that my home is natural-gas heavy (furnace, water tank, BBQ, dryer, fireplace, stove, oven) and my MASSIVE income tax cut will disappear in a very MASSIVE hurry and be overtaken by a MASSIVE increase in the cost of living. This whole revenue neutrality and income tax cut scheme is a MASSIVE lie.

  • East of Eden

    Off-topic, but the Liberals, and Garth, continue to perpetuate a lie about the MASSIVE income tax cuts. I read the Green Shift and there was something about the income tax cuts which didn’t add up. With some clever wording, it makes the income tax reductions appear to be large and certainly, Garth’s use of the word MASSIVE certainly could create the impression. However, when I took a look, I realized that the decreases of which the Green Shift speaks (Garth, today, stated that the average reduction is 10%) are the decrease in the RATE and absolutely not on the dollars paid in tax. I called Garth on this once and he brushed it off. The 10% average decrease in the RATE (a word which he never mentions) translates into about 1.5% reduction in the DOLLARS paid in income tax. This reduction is more than eaten up by the increases in the price of natural gas, groceries, services, etc. This whole business of the income tax reductions is a complete and total smoke and mirrors scam. I wish more Conservative bloggers would latch on to this and I wish our candidates would point this out.

    In addition, if this plan is supposed to be neutral and the Liberals are speaking of MASSIVE income tax cuts, then the amount of tax increase on the other side of the equation is equally as MASSIVE. I also pointed this out to Garth on his blog and his fans trounced me. I fail to see how the cuts can be MASSIVE and the tax increases be insignificant. Garth claims that the increase in heating costs will average only around $240 per year – um, this is not a paltry sum. It is almost equal to the MASSIVE income tax cut which I calculated using the Liberal calculator. If we have a particularly bitter winter, my increase will rise even further. Figure in that my home is natural-gas heavy (furnace, water tank, BBQ, dryer, fireplace, stove, oven) and my MASSIVE income tax cut will disappear in a very MASSIVE hurry and be overtaken by a MASSIVE increase in the cost of living. This whole revenue neutrality and income tax cut scheme is a MASSIVE lie.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?

  • Beer and Popcorn

    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?
    WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    fixed now. Copy and paste the code again.

  • Sandy

    Thanks. It works now.

  • Sandy

    Thanks. It works now.

  • Soccermom

    They are so pathetic, I almost feel sorry for them. almost.

  • http://www.nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/75/9081#comment_9876 Taylor Cutforth

    Were you never watching CPAC when they were in committee?

    Someone should upload all the footage of what went on there within its full context to expose how dysfunctional it all really was.

    I say in its 'full context' because I don't want any of those opposition back-room hacks editing it in a way that only favors “THEIR” side of the story. Which they would find in scarce amounts compared to what we'd be able to pile back against them.

  • http://www.dstudiobali.com/webdesign/busby-seo-test-page/ Busby SEO Test Contest

    on the way to youtube. Thanks for pointing this out