Pawlenty: Big in Canada

April 6th, 2011 at 10:58 am | 10 Comments |

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The Globe and Mail writes this morning that “a slick new Conservative television ad that seeks to present Stephen Harper as a statesmanlike leader bears an unusual number of similarities to a recent commercial for the Tea Party-backed Republican former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, and his 2012 presidential run.”

This piece was brought on by a YouTube video that the Liberal Party of Canada uploaded yesterday titled, “Harper Ad Strikingly Similar to Tea Party Governor Ad.”  The comparison is a bit of a reach, unless its “uncommon” for national campaigns to utilize patriotic imagery and flag-waving.

See for yourself in a side-by-side comparison of the ads generated by the Liberal Party here:

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  • MarkMclennan

    The Liberal party trying to link Harper to Tim Pawlenty seems like a weak idea to me, being that most Americans don’t know who Pawlenty is, let alone any Canadians out side of the few of us who follow American politics more closely than our own (we have less than a month to our election and the American 2012 race is still more exciting). As a Canadian (and a right winger, Frum Forum loving one at that) I am proud to have Harper running like an American Presidential candidate.

  • PatrickQuint

    Yes, the ads look similar, and say roughly as little. Both politicians wear business suits, too. They’re also both old white guys. I have yet to mention any similarity with relevance to policy.

    To say the Harper’s Conservatives are like the Tea Party is… a dubious claim to insinuate.

  • Jamie

    It’s pretty much a given that the various left-of-center parties (and to a lesser extent, the media mouthpieces that actively promote this strategy) in Canada will try to compare Harper to anything that can be seen as “US-Style” conservatism. When Bush Jr was president, calling Harper a Neo-Con (among other things) was the flavor of the month and was initially effective.

    On a similar note, SunTV (a proposed 24 hours news channel with a more conservative viewpoint) hasn’t even aired a single minute, yet the announcing of its inception was met with a chorus of “Fox News North”, followed by a concerted effort to have the channel scrapped through regulatory means before it even had the chance to (like I said) air a single minute of programming. Fear works I guess.

    Besides, I don’t even understand this election. The Liberals do not have a chance at forming even a minority government, let alone a majority. Most likely the Conservatives will have another minority, perhaps a slight majority. 300 million in tax dollars later, all we have to show for it is 411 people making promises, the majority of which everyone knows will not be kept (many for good reason)… all to have the same obvious foreseeable result.

  • ottovbvs

    Perhaps Pawlenty should move to Canada.

  • John Frodo

    Triumph of the will by Herr Harper

  • PatrickQuint

    From what I’ve read on the election the Liberals had nothing to lose. If they win the election then they run the government. If they lose then they have an excuse to get rid of Michael Ignatieff as leader of the Liberals.

    I don’t blame them. If you thought Pawlenty was boring you should see “Iggy”:
    http://www.liberal.ca/#media/video/NO954_zbwc4

    I couldn’t make it more than 10 minutes in.

  • TerryF98

    Big in Canada, a dick in America.

  • baw1064

    Did Harper say that single payer healthcare was a Marxist abomination and must be repealed? Didn’t think so.

  • BillyB

    Don’t be fooled by this guy! He really ruined our state for the working class. He also pulled snow plows off the roads to save money resulting in several deaths.

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