11 thoughts on “Randy Hillier’s ad is a take on an old Reagan spot”

  1. I don't think most people, especially Canadians will get the reference, and even if they do, I doubt they knew what Regan (and thereby Hillier) was trying to get at in the first place. The public is stupid, and using vague metaphors and obscene political references isn't the best way to get them to vote for you.

  2. I like it. Not many my age would get it, but I’m sure it will strike a few chords with the 40+ crowd. Besides, you don’t need to get the reference to get the actual point of the ad. I’m thinking the point of reference is to get a little earned media from political wonks who appreciate it.

  3. In Reagan’s time, it was probably the USSR that was eluded to. Is Hillier trying to say he will keep the bear (stock markets) at bay and bring in the bull ? All I see is someone in his camp copying from someone else. Why can’t people have original ideas for a change ? I am so fed up with remake of old movies and now here we have a remake of an ad. Ugh.

  4. This is a weird one to me, Reagan was making a metaphoric point most people would have understood at the time. Hillier is referencing that to make a simplistic point that's literally about bears.

    I think this ad is a huge misfire.

  5. I'm not sure that the bear hunt is a huge wedge issue that he should be bringing up during the leadership campaign. Just looks goofy.

  6. Oh man, I thought that was satire. That's an actual Hillier campaign ad?

    He is apparently determined to protect us not from an ideology bent on the destruction of all the freedoms we hold dear, but, um, actual bears? All that ridiculous ad does is remind me of an old Simpsons episode.


    (find the first few minutes of the actual episode to see Springfield gripped by anti-bear hysteria – good stuff)

  7. I could agree with you Tony, I also feel the same about the ad, well observed!


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