On the use of public and government space for partisan purposes

In response to Kady O’Malley’s inquiry yesterday, a Conservative staffer sent along the following:

Liberal Express on the Hill-
http://www.youtube.com/user/liberalvideo#p/u/32/u31WmBdohzg

Ignatieff asking people to join Liberal Party in a video shot in his Centre Block office –
http://www.youtube.com/user/liberalvideo#p/u/478/xQ6rFaCDGDA

Ignatieff asking for ideas for his Montreal policy conference-
http://www.youtube.com/user/liberalvideo#p/u/683/6JLo0KZjDug

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff launched his 20/11 tour on Parliament Hill, speaking to reporters before launching a pre-election tour of 20 ridings targeted by. (Postmedia News. Janu 13, 2011)

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Stephane Dion Green Shift Promotional Video. Shot at a Liberal caucus meeting on the Hill-
http://www.tagtele.com/videos/voir/25764

In 2004, Paul Martin shot an ad at Harrington Lake, the prime minister’s official country residence. (Toronto Star. June 3, 2004.)

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Postscript: The ad is one of two shot at Harrington Lake, a posh, countrified residence that past prime minister Jean Chretien didn’t much like to use because it had been such a favoured haunt of his Conservative predecessor, Brian Mulroney. A second Martin ad was shot outside the residence and has yet to air. (Canadian Press. May 26, 2004)

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Martin is featured prominently in one French television ad that hit airwaves on Tuesday. Partially filmed at his official summer residence at Harrington Lake, Que., Martin concludes the 30-second spot by saying Quebecers want a strong voice that will represent their interests. (Canadian Press. May 19, 2004)

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In 1997 Jean Chretien filmed ads at 24 Sussex, which featured the then-PM listing the government’s successes. (Marketing Magazine. May 12, 1997)

In Chretien’s new TV spots that begin airing today, the Prime Minister slams tax cuts and In the other ad, he criticizes right-wing endorsement of a two-tiered health-care system and vows Liberals will preserve its universality. “Every Canadian is entitled to the best health care in the world,” Chretien says. “It is your right and we will protect it.” Both 30-second Liberal ads are filmed at the Prime Minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa (Toronto Star. May 4, 1997)

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  • Liz J

    Well guess Jimmy Karygiannis doesn’t bother to seek information on matters before he goes off half cocked over the Conservatives featuring a ad with the PM in his Office. It’s so typical, it’s like they have nothing else to concern themselves with, like getting their own act together to be a responsible Opposition or anything.

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  • batb

    My Canada doesn’t necessarily include Kady O’Malley.

    And, O.M.G., the prime minister isn’t allowed to be filmed in the prime minister’s office working his butt off, which I know that this PM does? Says who? Prime Minister Harper doesn’t pose for photo ops in the MSM, the way the Lib$ always do/did. Get over it, anti-CPC/PMSH spoilsports. It’s his office, for crying out loud, so suck it up.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    I’ll stick up for Kady. She aggravates a few Conservatives for sure but she’s a good friend. I’ll trade barbs with her any day, but that helps makes life fun.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    and on the other point, the Liberals use Stornoway for political fundraisers. I’ve flagged the practice in the past. The PM certainly doesn’t do the same at 24 Sussex.

    There is plenty of precedent for using Parliamentary offices for partisan advertising

  • Mthielen

    All Jim K’s complaint to the ethic commissioner has done is remind us all of the liberals doing the same thing. And bring the ads to a lot of voters attention, that might have missed them.
    As I have said, any lie, misconception, twisted story put out by the coalition and their media friends will be outed within minutes.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Our system rewards complainers and those that would jam the gears while debating the process. What about setting a clear agenda and running on it?

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

    Proving Liberals are hypocrites did not take long! Great job. Did Jim clear his communications gaffe with Iggy or his trying to undermine him?

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

    Proving Liberals are hypocrites did not take long! Great job. Did Jim clear his communications gaffe with Iggy or his trying to undermine him?

  • batb

    It’s good to stick up for a colleague, Stephen, but Kady’s not my colleague.

    I’m just a regular, normal, tax-paying, hard-working, responsible, accountable Canadian who is rather sick and tired of the Ottawa beltway media and their anti-CPC, anti-Harper antics. They get paid to be anti-C/conservative, whereas I don’t.

    IMO, it’s the CPC who stick up for the interests of the majority of hard-working Canadians, not the beltway media types or the members of the other three political parties who do a good job of grandstanding, saying they care for the average Canadian but proving, every day, that they don’t.

  • batb

    My point, exactly!

  • batb

    Cross-posted in above thread:

    Kady’s owned up to being mistaken about where the PM can and cannot be filmed:

    So, remember how the Conservative Party’s latest ad campaign — and, specifically, the spot filmed in the prime minister’s office — got me wondering whether it was against the rules that govern the use of parliamentary property for partisan purposes? Turns out that I may not have been entirely correct when I concluded that it likely was not — or, at the very least, wasn’t explicitly forbidden — since it was shot in his Hill office, and not his ministerial quarters across the street in Langevin.

    First, though, I must own up to a major misapprehension of my own, namely, that the prime minister, like other party leaders, is a House Officer, and, as such, governed by the by-laws enforced by the Board of Internal Economy, which lays out the rules under which they can carry out their parliamentary functions, which includes not only public and official business, but also “partisan matters.”

    There’s more:

    http://www.cbc.ca/politics/ins

    Perhaps Kady could do her homework more thoroughly next time instead of jumping on the CBC’s let’s-criticize-the-CPC-PMSH-from-our-biased-bigoted-bandstand.

    As I said earlier, my Canada doesn’t necessarily include Kady O’Malley — or the CBC.

  • batb

    Cross-posted at above thread:
    I was in a rush when I wrote the above post, or else I would have made these observations earlier:

    Kady: “So, remember how the Conservative Party’s latest ad campaign — and, specifically, the spot filmed in the prime minister’s office — got me wonderingwhether it was against the rules that govern the use of parliamentary property for partisan purposes?

    I would have thought it was O’Malley’s duty as a responsible journalist to check out the conclusions she comes to in print. She could easily have checked out, “specifically,” whether or not it was permissible for political ads to be filmed in the Prime Minister’s Office.

    As it turns out, she didn’t bother, and came to her “own” anti-CPC conclusions, which would please the CBC higher-ups and the left-libbers who enjoy her contributions to the Mother Corps(e).

    O’Malley’s been caught with her journalistic integrity compass off kilter, which is no surprise to those of us who’ve been monitoring the accuracy, or inaccuracy, of CBC-filtered “news” for years.