NDP launches attack ad

Here is the New Democrats latest offering pre-writ. It goes right after Stephen Harper and features a military drum beat reminiscent of the 2006 Liberal ads which warned of “soldiers with guns, in our streets”.

If the NDP is to have success in this election, they’ll need to wage war on two fronts. This salvo is aimed at the Conservatives to show their base that they’re the ones who will fight and oppose the Conservatives in Ottawa. Watch for some ads by the NDP attacking Liberal leader Stephane Dion in the future.

The Liberals will likely restart their “think twice, vote Liberal” campaign in order to warn swing Liberal-NDP voters to go Liberal to prevent Stephen Harper from becoming, er um being Prime Minister. This argument won’t be as effective as last time because most of Stephen Harper’s agenda was passed because Stephane Dion sat on his hands. Jack Layton will push the message that he won’t abstain from casting judgment on Stephen Harper’s agenda and will oppose it when it goes against the “progressive” values that the left-wing Liberals and NDP support.

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  • wilson

    The drum beat is a reminder to Canadians that the Dippers were against the Afghan mission extension.

  • sam

    Great ad from the NDP

  • what hidden agenda

    Seriously, as someone watching from the UK, what are the chances of the Dippers ending end up the official opposition.

  • Liz J

    Typical Jack Layton, all puff and bluster when it's safe to do so. In the last session of Parliament he got a safe ride because the Liberals were in no position to bring down the government. In fact they still aren't but Harper's had enough of their gotcha games and threats to bring his government down. He's called their bluff and with good reason.

    The way things are shaping up for the Liberals, Jack may end up Official Opposition.

    The master of verbosity and animosity from Newfoundland, Danny Williams, is going to work against Harper, something he may live to regret. One would think if he's so smart he could control his extreme vindictiveness.
    He sure surprised me, I thought he had a brain with the power to reason. Apparently not.

  • Agent Smith

    Very professional commercial – slick. Whether its effective or not remains to be seen.

  • rations

    I note that the logo and color of the NDP on the header are the same as the last election but Jack Layton referred to his party as the “NEW democrats”. Could Jacko be trying to tie his wagon to the American party of the popular OBAMA? Socialist Party members on our streets, with Messiah complexes, campaigning door to door, in Canada, we are not making this up…

  • Nicola Timmerman

    Those oil sands are out in the middle of nowhere with no Indian burial grounds or anything to worry about.

    These guys want to put up dozens of windmills in scenic areas which will cut down the birds and provide very little power unless subsidized.

    What’s with the new again – new strong, new democrat.

  • Shamrock

    I don't agree this is a good ad, particularly the line about family doctors, which is a result of the type of socialized medicine Layton advocates (IOW, that is his fault and his doctrinaire approach to Health Care). It's also an obvious “American style” attack ad. Harper will easily counter this kind of message.

    The main problem with this ad is its ineffectiveness. If he is trolling for Conservative votes, then he is kidding himself. Only eight people in Canada switch from CPC to NDP, and they live on Saltspring Island and don't vote (just kidding, eh).

    Layton is perhaps the most strategically challenged party leader in modern history. His vote will come from Green, Bloc and Grit voters. Those are the ones he should be going after. He will be gone as leader after next election; he just put his head on a block and his party will chop it off.

  • Rich

    Layton conveniently forgets to mention that it was an NDP premier who created Ontario's shortage of doctors.
    Yup….Bob Rae, proving you can't trust a diipper or a dipper turncoat.

  • geo

    I don't know,it seems ok .
    I don't think the message is earth shattering,more like the same old same old NDP message.
    “Corporation bad,me good.I stop bad corporation.”
    I can see some kind of appeal to the Liberal voter which is exactly where he's going with this message.
    But you know Steve, I still miss Jack back in the “desperate for a vote”old days,…….http://www.pot.tv/archive/shows/pottvshowse-2271.html

  • John

    It's going to be a fun one. I really, really hope that the harper team has a good script like last time though. Down in the fever swamps the regular joes aren't sure what this election is about yet. If Harper comes out every day with good script that's what the election will be about once again. He's got to remind people about the accomplishments too because they forget already. An Obama-esque speech would do wonders too. Talk a lot about nothing but “change”.

  • http://therightitswhereitsat.blogspot.com/ The Right

    For the NDP to have any kind of success they will have to collect from the liberal left-wing vote.They certainly will not collect from the Conservative that is a given. So the more success the NDP has the more success our Conservative party will have.

    Happy election Mr.Taylor!!

  • Fred

    Well that should play well in Alberta.

    Good luck Mr Layton & your merry band of socialists . . . . may you achieve all the electoral success you deserve. Suck as many Liberal voters into your web as you can.

    Best regards,

    Fred

  • batb

    When Jack stepped towards the camera, I just burst out laughing–and forgot everything in the darned ad.

    The NDP are going to have to do better than this: Maybe leave Jack out altogether.

  • Antenor

    “Jack Layton of the New Democrats”… remember last year when SH's government came under attack for using the term “Canada's new government”, so here we have the Dippers still using the term New Democrats and they're like what, a fifty year old party. Get With The Program, Jack!!!!

  • Honey Pot

    What the hell was that? Vote for me I am wimpier than Dion. All that money the ndp are spending will get Jack Layton replacing Mr. Rogers, but that is all it is going to do. People want strong leadership, they will vote for Harper. Canadians want someone with backbone, and they find it amusing to watch the other two party leaders prance around in their tutus kissing make belief butterflies, to show us just how weak they really are.

  • http://sabigail.blogspot.com Shawn Abigail

    Um, does Jack know that a shortage of doctors falls under the responsibility of Provincial governments? Well, Jack probably does, but he's counting on the idea that most Canadians are too stupid to realize this.

  • MaryT

    Ad starts out, Harper is a strong leader, says that a coupld of time, and by then the viewer is going for a beer or can. Message, Layton supports Harper as a strong leader.

  • Gabby in QC

    The thing that bothers me about ads like this one is the numbers:
    Fifty billion in corporate tax cuts? where can I check those figures?

    I notice that our politicians don't use the American tag line “My name is _____ and I approved this message.” Is it because they want to have a certain degree of deniability, in case what is said is proven to be untrue?

  • batb

    Hey Honey Pot: “All that money the ndp are spending will get Jack Layton replacing Mr. Rogers…”

    Watch it!

    Jack Layton's no Mister Rogers–and I'm quite serious about that!

    When I once told a psychology professor that I thought Mr. Rogers was a dork, he said, “Watch a four-year-old watch Mister Rogers.”

    When my daughter turned four, that's just what I did and I watched him too. I went from disenchanted to “well, he's not that bad,” to being a big fan.

  • buzz

    I especially like his emphasis on the word DEMOCRATS. Hmmm .. trying to build an Obama Bridge, Jack?

  • real conservative

    These ads will not hurt the CPC and here is why: people that resonate with the NDP are already committed or would vote liberal. If anything these ads are designed to take votes for the LPC which is good for the CPC. Will the NDP break through in this election? I doubt it since the greenies are breathing down their backs and they really don't have much room to move sandwiched between the greens on one side and the liberals on the other. Maybe the NDP actually believes it can take voters from the CPC or the soft middle? This is not possible until we actually hear what the NDP does stand for unlike their usual diatribe against anything status quo.

  • http://returnofthetory.btblogs.ca The Trusty Tory

    That ad is really, really bad stuff. It screams of desperate..if I were Layton, I'd be focused on Dion.

  • http://www.abandonedstuff.com Saskboy

    “military drum beat reminiscent of the 2006 Liberal ads “

    Yeah, that's the first thing I thought of too. Hahah, not.

  • Honey Pot

    Mary, that is what I got from the ad also,Stephen Harper is a strong leader. The emphasis on the ad is that message.In this day and age of bits and bytes, it is the first 30 seconds that count. It is like the clever “Dion is not a leader”. There is no one that believes Dion is a leader, or ever could be a leader. Jack knows the ndp haven't a chance to form a government, but there is a chance that they will become the official oppostion if the liberal party is wiped out.

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com Robert V

    The last two election campaigns the NDP told us that a Harper government would ban abortions, remove protections for gay rights, dismantle our health care systems, push Quebec out of this country, get Canada involved in Iraq, and dozens of other things. None of those things happened, or were even mentioned as possibilities (by Conservatives at least). At some point they lose their credibility, no?

  • Honey Pot

    Mary, that is what I got from the ad also,Stephen Harper is a strong leader. The emphasis on the ad is that message.In this day and age of bits and bytes, it is the first 30 seconds that count. It is like the clever “Dion is not a leader”. There is no one that believes Dion is a leader, or ever could be a leader. Jack knows the ndp haven't a chance to form a government, but there is a chance that they will become the official oppostion if the liberal party is wiped out.

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com Robert V

    The last two election campaigns the NDP told us that a Harper government would ban abortions, remove protections for gay rights, dismantle our health care systems, push Quebec out of this country, get Canada involved in Iraq, and dozens of other things. None of those things happened, or were even mentioned as possibilities (by Conservatives at least). At some point they lose their credibility, no?