The new Liberal “attack ad” entitled, Cover UP, may actually carry an effective message, notwithstanding the fact that it is pure conjecture and innuendo. Liberals are, of course, experts at the practice of “cover up,” so they can be excused for assuming others have as base a motive as they would.
A voice of doom asks solemnly: “What is he [Stephen Harper] covering up?” Then it directs listeners to go to Liberal.ca—so I did. And there I found four links under the heading, “Learn more about the issues Harper is hiding from.”
- The torture cover up
- Jobs crisis and unemployment
- Harper climate change failure
Each of the above are, as one might expect, links to a series of Harper bashings. Nothing new, no revelations and nothing really to cover up. Everything mentioned in the links is and has been for some weeks a matter of public record.
Prorogation has been practiced by past Liberal governments on dozens of occasions—nothing new here. The torture cover up? The only cover up here is the Liberals pretending they are not accusing our military of war crimes. Jobs crisis and unemployment? For goodness sake, just read the financial papers: the world has been in, or is just recovering from, a serious recession. What about this can be covered up that will not be fully aired in the media anyway regardless of prorogation of parliament?
The final point was the most ludicrous of all: Harper climate change failure. This link is sub-titled, “A chronology of Conservative climate change failure: January 2006 to present.” Again, everything mentioned is a matter of public record—no cover up here either. Does beg the question, though, as to what Liberal governments’ climate change record was before 2006. I can sum that up with one word: abysmal.
Move along folks, no cover up to see here, no secret agenda. Just another in a series of Liberal attempts to demonize Stephen Harper and his effective minority government. For support of my analysis, look no further than chief Grit Michael Ignatieff himself, who wrote recently, “Shutting down Parliament has raised speculation about a spring election. Certainly, there is no need for an early election.”
No need for an early election? Really? Why not get to the bottom of the great cover up by going to the people of Canada for a mandate to hold the Conservatives to account, launch a battery of public enquiries, etc.? Why, because Ignatieff know his charges are, for the most part, a sham—empty speculation and mischievous innuendo.
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