Redford’s new ad

Take a look at the PC Party of Alberta’s new ad featuring their leader Alison Redford. In the ad, there’s a featured shot of an oil production facility with the words “Leading the Nation”.

Here’s a still from the video:

Video producers take stock video from stock video websites in order to make ads. This video is from Canada-based iStockphoto. You can see the video on the website here.

The title of the video? “oil drill platform sailing under sky”

Uh oh! How many sea-faring oil platforms does the coastal province of Alberta have?

(h/t @Johnnyjesus)

UPDATE: iStockphoto search tags for this video include the term “Yellow Sea” which is a body of water just off the coast of China. If you view the Redford ad in HD, you can even see the Chinese flag on the oil rig:

“Leading The Nation”?

Redford’s stock video of “Alberta” comes from just off the coast of China. In an ad that seeks to illustrate the Alberta economy, this is an odd clip to use.

UPDATE: The Redford video has been made “private” by PC Alberta meaning it is unviewable on their account for now. Luckily I had the relevant part of the video stored in my browser cache. I have re-uploaded the first part of the video to YouTube. Here is the controversial part of the ad that the PC Party presumably doesn’t want you to see:



  • Claudia Lemire

    Oh brother! #sigh

  • http://twitter.com/Syncrodox Lloyd S

    I think I saw the PC campaign bus dragging that drill ship down the QE2…

  • joe

    I’ve got better photos of rigs actually drilling in Alberta and they all fly the Alberta and Canadian flags on top of the derrick. They could have saved a few bucks, climbed down from their ivory tower, drove 15 km south to Nisku and snapped their own shots of a rig. Bunch of amateurs.

  • Sirmaxx

    Good eye Stephen. 

    Q. Do you know how you can tell when a lawyer turned politician is lying?  A. Their lips move. Yes. Seniors will stay in their homes longer because Alberta is poor at building long term senior care. 

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

    In fairness, that stock video was about $200

  • http://twitter.com/WhseGrl Krysta Meekins

    Same Alison Redford who defended Chiquita banana’s defamation of our Oil Industry?  http://en.video.canoe.tv/archive/redford-slams-chiquita-spin/1339499351001

  • johndemerais

    they’re going to set it up in Lake Louise and  drill for water.

  • http://twitter.com/BoStv Steve Caunce

    They are awash in a sea of oil. Pumping platforms will be floating on top of lakes of crude. The future is rosy (oops, make that ‘bright’)

  • http://twitter.com/Syncrodox Lloyd S

    Well, if we have a Chinese deep sea drill ship plying the QE2  we won’t be needing the Northern Gateway pipeline will we?

  • http://twitter.com/111010 Dan McAvena

    I would rather know who’s currency we are using in Alberta than build a pipeline south to nowhere ? Where the American currency is surely being floated by timid corporate and institutional investors.

  • Anonymous

    Alison Redflag showing her true colours! BWA-HA -HA!

  • Anonymous

     They spend so much effort digging through peoples personal lives in an effort to stir up hatred diversions, you’d think they would spend as much effort looking into their OWN nonsense! And… this ad isn’t from one persons personal life, it’s part of the official PC  public campaign.

  • Anonymous

    The Alberta PCs are like the Democrats in the US. 
    Step 1 – Scare people.

    Step 2 – Repeat when necessary.

  • http://twitter.com/YYZGUY1 Wayne Neuten

    Did you come up with that one all by yourself? Simpleton.

  • Anonymous

    Well her leadership has alot in common with China, especially her desire to criminalize driving sober. Her contempt for due process of law via cops trying you on the side of the road, and her contempt for freedom  of conscience.

  • http://twitter.com/TruAppraisals Steven Kibsey


  • Anonymous

    You sound like a bully. Hope you are proud of yourself.  

  • Anonymous

    You sound like a bully. Hope you are proud of yourself.  

  • eddy.canuck

    well said

  • Saskboy

    Given Communist China’s ownership over some of the tar sands, it’s not an odd stock photo to use.

  • http://twitter.com/Rose215 Rose215

    I think the pic works on a symbolic level — aren’t Albertans planning to send oil to China?  Maybe it’s a subliminal mssg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corylitzenberger Cory Litzenberger

    Yep… not my father’s PC party… my father knows what an Alberta drilling rig looks like.

  • Anonymous

    Buh bye Allison!

  • Anonymous

    Somewhere, a young production assistant is considering a career change. 

    That video might be ironically incorrect, but the choice wasn’t deliberate, folks. Only a media nerd like Stephen would be likely to spot it, only a Wildrose booster would make hay from this small glitch.

  • http://www.manonthelam.com Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    Better Red than Wildrose.