Thursday, 17 March 2011

Bipole disorder: the games politicians play

Good thing I snoop through my neighbour's mail, otherwise I would never have seen this...


It's a glossy ad knocking Hugh McFadyen's plan to route the bipole III power line down the east side of the province (in case you weren't able to figure that out). It came delivered in an official-looking addressed envelope from the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, with the Manitoba coat of arms in the top left corner.


Interesting that it's packaged this way. Almost as an official government communication. It does say "NDP Caucus" in smaller type below. Did anybody else get this thing?

So here's the main part (click to see full size):


They get off to a great start, comparing the east side route to the BP oil disaster. (Oh, by the way.. for newer readers, I posted some great pics of that here.) A comparison I find somewhat insulting, and maybe even distasteful given the hardship caused to many by the BP disaster. There is no comparison to begin with, but if you insisted on making one, the NDP's west side route would come out on the losing end -- both in terms of pollution to the environment and inconvenience to people. (I've been through that so many times, I am not going to rehash it here.)

The second paragraph makes it sound like Hugh McFadyen is ass-raping a virgin forest. The third paragraph serves us the dire warning that should this happen, the forest would be gone! FOREVER!!! Not only that, international groups and lobbyists will sue us. Somebody please explain to me how an international group could have any jurisdiction to sue a Canadian provincial government, supposing they had any interest in doing so to begin with.

It's quite a piece of work. The release of this thing is obviously timed to coincide with the "feel good ads" that Dan Lett wrote about in the Free Press. The TV ads soften you up, and the mailers knock you down in a vicious 1-2 partisan propaganda punch, paid by you, the tax payer. (Wow .. went a little crazy with the alliteration there.)

I couldn't tell you if this mailing is even legal, but the packaging, with the Manitoba crest and "Manitoba Legislative Assembly" return address, leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I'm not a fan of negative ads, but I accept them as a part of politics. What I really don't like is the government spending my own money to lie to me and everybody else for partisan gain.

Will they work? The absurd comparison to the BP disaster could backfire on them, much like the "Hugh is going to pee in your mouth" ads that the NDP put out earlier seemed to. As I recall, Hugh's numbers went up after that.

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This made me wonder: has Hugh done one of his Hugh TV episodes about bipole III yet? In Episode 1, if you'll recall, he was talking to Ladybug Girl about the homeless. Episode 2 has him talking to Paramedics about heart disease, and in episode 3 he's talking to firefighters about muscular dystrophy. Still no talking to Hydro engineers about bipole.

Though it might not matter: with only 145 views for E2 and 83 views for E3, these things don't seem to be drawing many eyeballs. Unless large numbers of people are tuning in to Shaw TV, this campaign might not be making much of an impact. Perhaps if he started putting out something with actual policy or vision, as was promised...

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I actually have to give a plug to NDP fanatic, very frequent Free Press commenter, and blogger Brian Oakley. He did a pretty good remix of Hugh's episode 1 and stuck in You Tube. It has almost as many views as the real thing:


I mean, good lord dude .. do you have a job? (Or is this your job?). in any case, that's not bad.

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Final note: Our sympathies go to Winnipeg Girl who slipped on ice this morning and can't sit in her favourite chair.

13 comments:

Fat Arse said...

re: "...Hugh McFadyen is ass-raping a virgin"? Oh goodness me, I thought he gave that up!

Blue Rods Blog said...

I agree with Mr McFadyen that the bipole 3 should go down the east side. He has a very convincing argument for it when he states .........., well maybe he hasn't given any facts but because he says so that's good enough for me.

Purple Rod said...

Great article. I couldn't agree more. I've seen the Hugh McFadyen attack ads by this Oakley character. It's borderline obsession he has with the PC leader. Freud would have a field day psychoanalyzing this guy.

Speaking of which, rumor has it Oakley is also responsible for the fake Blue Rod Blog. You would think it was created by a elementary school student with too much time on their hands.

cherenkov said...

I'm a little bit jealous, actually. The Blue Rod has only been around for a couple of months and already he has an impostor.

@FA: It's like stealing cars: once you start it's hard to stop.

Fat Arse said...

Why is Purple Rod mad at Blue Rod? Can't all the Winnipeg Rod's get along? What's next a meltdown and toxicity everywhere in our fair land.

Blue Rods Blog said...

Purple Rod & cherenkov, I am the original Blue Rods Blog started in March 2008 check my profile. The Blue Rod Blog has only been up for a few months. I am a die-hard true blue PC Manitoba supporter and my only job is to get the true message out there about Hugh McFadyen.

cherenkov said...

@FA: we need a Control Rod blog to cool things down.

@BRB: your blog has only been up for a month, and anybody who has had the misfortune of viewing it's content will realize that you're not a PC Supporter.

Paul St. D said...

Any piece of material that specifically mentions NDP and is mailed using a legislative address rather than a party office address may be problematic to section 54 of the EFA (Elections Finances Act). An investigation will only occur if there is a complaint however, and an investigation must occur if the political party does complain.

cherenkov said...

Thanks for the comment, Paul. It wouldn't surprise me ... it didn't seem quite right.

Blue Rods Blog(the original, 2008) said...

As a true blue die-hard McFadyen fan once again he has turned our PC Manitoba into a laughing stock over bipole 3. Yesterday he released years old documents of unused numbers and to the surprise of everyone, he thought they were the real numbers. You think as a lawyer he might have looked at the date. It's a good political move because everybody thinks he's a clown and one day if he actually says something intelligent he will definitely throw everybody off guard.

John Dobbin said...

There have been a series of ads being unveiled by the Manitoba government to counter criticism on a host of issues from FASD to the hydro line.

Meanwhile, the opposition is limited from countering in every way.

cherenkov said...

The advantages of being the incumbent...

Brian said...

Thank you.

 
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