Tony Genco’s Greatest Hits

Tony Genco is the Liberal by-election in Vaughan. He’s facing off against high-profile Conservative candidate Julian Fantino.

Despite Genco’s relatively unknown profile, why would he not even mention himself (or his leader Michael Ignatieff) on his lit piece that he’s handing out at doors in the constituency? Is Genco relying more on the Liberal brand which is likely polling higher than the Ignatieff brand in Vaughan?

Also amusing are Genco’s tweets. Here are a couple of my favourites:

Go Leafs go…?

Canvassing with Ken Dryden tomorrow in #Vaughan. Join us. #NHL #MapleLeafs #Cdnpoli

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Thanks to the 1200 people who came out and supported our kickoff rally last night in #Vaughan. Get involved at http://tonygenco.liberal.ca

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Vaughan Today reports on Michael Ignatieff’s comments in Vaughan,

“You always know something big is happening when you’ve got a dozen MP’s and senators up here,” Ignatieff said. To cheers and music he told the audience of 250 “we must win Vaughan.”

1200 as an overestimate for 250? C’mon!

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  • JJ

    Argh. It really pisses me off that he’s blaming the deficit on a stimulus funding that the LIBERALS forced on the Conservatives in 2008. Such dishonestly really gets my blood boiling…

  • Gabby in QC

    OK, this is going off on a tangent, but those pictures of Chretien & Martin with the caption “Balanced budget, surplus” reminded me of something I read recently.

    http://acep-cape.ca/pdfs/General/files/PD_Aug_2010_web_e.pdf/
    Page 6, # 1:
    “In the early 1980’s, Canada was caught in the grips of a severe global economic recession, compounded by rampant inflation. The Liberal government responded with the introduction of the 6 & 5 program, which limited income and price increases to six percent and five percent over two years. The program had a direct impact on public service wages and the indexation of pensions. …

    Page 6, # 3:
    In the 1990’s, the Liberal government instituted a program of wage controls, which lasted for 6 years, and which featured a freeze on salaries for the last 5 years of the program. As employee pensions are based upon an average salary, the net effect was to reduce future pensions by an estimated 15%. Note that this was the primary reason that the pre-1999 federal public service pension plan accumulated a surplus of $30 billion, which the government then confiscated.

    Page 7:
    It should be realized that prior to 1999, the PSSA (Public Service Superannuation Act) was a paper plan with no monies invested in financial markets. True, the government did take 7.5% of its employees’ wages from their paychecks, but these monies were quickly added to the government’s general revenues and spent. …”

    I’m sure many who visit here remember the EI surplus, which was also magically absorbed into general revenue and later became a lawsuit requiring a Supreme Court decision.
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/13/scoc-employment-insurance.html
    “Labour unions appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on Tuesday to argue the federal government has been improperly spending billions of surplus dollars in the unemployment insurance fund …”

    Let’s see: $54 billion from the EI fund + $30 billion from the public service pension fund, plus the revenue from the hated tax they first vowed to get rid of but then grew to love + downloading social service costs to the provinces + reducing transfer payments + “ten years of darkness” for a poorly-equipped military… yeah, sure, those “policies” were a good way to deliver a “balanced budget, surplus”

  • Liz J

    Yeah, c’mon Liberals, if you can’t tell the truth about your numbers don’t bother.

    Seem to recall even the media didn’t bother to mention numbers when reporting on Ignatieff’s summer bus tour, I’m sure there was a reason for that.

    Looks like the Liberals are onto the fact they can’t win on policy so they’ll try trickery and guile and even out and out lies. There’s no mistaking a room with 250 people for one with 1200 people so that can be chalked up as a bloody lie, part of the strategy of the desperate.

    Is that what the people of Vaughn want?

    When it comes to bragging about their surplus the Libranos don’t want to hear how they acquired that surplus because it wasn’t due to good use of taxpayer money, they robbed, er, borrowed from pension funds. It may be “legal” but it sure is bogus, a bogus surplus, it’s simply using the people’s pension money to make themselves look like good managers when they were anything but. Of all policies, honesty is the best one, seems to be lost on the Liberals.

    The Liberals should change their name to Phonies Are Us, that would be presenting an honest face as to who and what they really are.

  • Liz J

    Yeah, c’mon Liberals, if you can’t tell the truth about your numbers don’t bother.

    Seem to recall even the media didn’t bother to mention numbers when reporting on Ignatieff’s summer bus tour, I’m sure there was a reason for that.

    Looks like the Liberals are onto the fact they can’t win on policy so they’ll try trickery and guile and even out and out lies. There’s no mistaking a room with 250 people for one with 1200 people so that can be chalked up as a bloody lie, part of the strategy of the desperate.

    Is that what the people of Vaughn want?

    When it comes to bragging about their surplus the Libranos don’t want to hear how they acquired that surplus because it wasn’t due to good use of taxpayer money, they robbed, er, borrowed from pension funds. It may be “legal” but it sure is bogus, a bogus surplus, it’s simply using the people’s pension money to make themselves look like good managers when they were anything but. Of all policies, honesty is the best one, seems to be lost on the Liberals.

    The Liberals should change their name to Phonies Are Us, that would be presenting an honest face as to who and what they really are.

  • Liz J

    I seem to recall the cry from the Liberals was spend more, more, faster, faster or we’ll get together with our coalition and boot you out. When the Conservatives did spend to boost the economy, keep it rolling, the fools moved on to talking incessantly about the deficit.

    Sorry fellas, we don’t need no stinking advice people who create bogus surpluses.

  • Bec

    “1200 as an overestimate for 250? C’mon!”

    Liberals in general, seem to have a numbers issue. Whether it be describing people in attendance, faux balanced budgets, envelops full of cash or percentages of Canadians that ‘love them, really really love them.

    If they can’t count or tell the truth and it’s become a bad habit over generations, voters should really pay heed that they perhaps need some house cleaning and a reality check, pronto.

  • Ontario Girl

    This is maddening. Makes ones blood boil. Hope Fantino goes door to door with a reply of his own to this hypocricy. Why isn’t TRUDEAU’s face on the phamplet or better yet…McGuinty’s?

  • Liz J

    Those pictures of Chretien and Martin, giving them credit for “balanced budgets” and “surpluses”, are the ultimate insult to our intelligence.

    Appears Genco is using typical Liberal tactics, running on the idea we have short memories.

    If I lived in Vaughn and this stuff delivered to my door, I know where my vote wouldn’t go because I don’t appreciate trickery or lies. god knows we’ve had plenty of that from Liberals. Ontario is an example.

  • Anonymous

    Vaughan is going to be Ignatieff’s Outremont. Like Dion he is going to face an angry caucus and party if they lose the riding to Fantino. Genco is really an unknown. Fantino is well respected and is a well known commodity. I suspect the people of Vaughan want a potential cabinet minister representing them in parliament. The riding knows that Ignatieff will not win the next general election and that will be on their minds when they vote in the by election.

  • Anonymous

    You note they are campaigning on the Liberal party that existed in 1993. That party is long gone and so they will not win the riding. The people of Vaughan have moved on. When the only thing you prepared to talk about is Chretien/Martin you really are in big trouble.

  • Mthielen

    Guess the only thing to do is get conservatives out to these rallies, meetings etc and use their cell phone cameras to tell the real story.
    I think we have to do that with every coalition candidate in the coming election.
    I would ask every liberal candidate if their leader still thinks our Flag resembles a beer label.

  • Liz J

    Good idea, call it the truth patrol.

  • Liz J

    Ken Dryden had WHAT to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs again?

    Sounds about as likely as hearing Don Cherry yelling “Go Habs, Go!”

    Poor Dryden, he sure watered down his fame by entering politics, he’s doing a poor job of it.

  • Anonymous

    ….”truth patrol”! Priceless!

    Don’t ever change.

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    Ignatieff is placing third in almost every leadership poll. The EDA cupboard was left bare and the bulk of the material may have been left behind from the glory days when they could afford to run a campaign. June 28, 2004 (six years ago) was the last time Canadians gave a mandate for Liberals to form a Government.

    Has anyone seen any pictures that substantiate the crowd of 1200? The photos that I have seen don’t reflect a large group.

  • Ted

    Dryden was in charge of the Leafs for more years than he played hockey in the NHL.

    When Stephen Harper finishes the book on hockey he is “writing”, I’m sure you’ll be able to look up that stat.