Thursday, September 23, 2010

That didn't take long.

Just hours moments after the 153-151 vote on the fate of Bill C391 earlier tonight was completed, the Liberals were already playing politics with the result and sent out a fund-raising email. That didn't take long but who could be surprised after the Liberals, along with some friendly media, played this little bit of politics earlier this afternoon.

Here is some of the email:

This is your win.
When we asked, you spoke up for Canada’s public safety in your community and online. You donated so our Women’s Caucus could spread our message across Canada in the critical final days before the vote. And when Jack Layton refused to take responsibility for his NDP caucus, you phoned his office and told him to get the votes no matter what.
But this is just the start of this parliamentary session, and there will be much more to do in the weeks and months to come. So I’m asking for your help again today, to ensure that we can meet the next challenge as effectively as this one.

Today’s vote is a perfect example of how a strong, well-funded opposition can fight for your values in Ottawa and hold this divisive, confrontational Conservative government to account when it refuses to listen to you.
But today’s victory also comes with a dark cloud.
That dark cloud is the possibility that Stephen Harper approaches every issue the House faces this Fall with the same bitter and acrimonious tone we saw during the gun registry debate.
Canadians like you are calling loudly on politicians to work together more cooperatively. We’re listening to you, just as we did throughout the summer as the Liberal Express traveled over 56,000 kilometres to every province and territory...

The Liberal Party of Canada represents the only progressive, compassionate and responsible alternative to Stephen Harper and his politics of division. Your support today will make all the difference tomorrow.
Thank you,
David McGuinty
Liberal House Leader
Liberal Party of Canada

Literally moments after; how did David find the time?
More like this email was already to go before the vote even took place, but to be honest I would have liked to have read the other email they had ready to go; the one that was written in the event they had lost the vote. I doubt it would have been much different than this one, perhaps going more after the NDP and PM Harper may have been painted as even more evil, but I doubt they would have started it off by saying 'this is your loss'.

For the party that wants political games stopped, the Liberals did everything they could today to prove that claim false.


maryT said...

But I thought it would be those mean tories that would use this vote as a fund raiser.

Ardvark said...

That is the way it will be played in the media. Watch and see.

CanadianSense said...

The Liberals have been trying to fundraise on every issue for years, this is not to be expected.

The disturbing fact it is NOT working.

Voters and donors have turned away from the Liberals for years. This game of wedge politics won't work.

They may not reach the level in 2009.

R. G. Harvie said...

I've been waffling on supporting Harper over the last few weeks.

Today I'm sending him money.

I'm tired of living in Torontistan.

maryT said...

Re R.C. Harvie, wonder if that is the result the lib fundraiser expected. Bet he is not the only one sending money today.

Anonymous said...

I don't criticize them on the fund raising, I expect conservatives to do the same thing. But the lies, distortions and outright fabrications to protect this horrible legislation makes it difficult to sell in a lot of regions of Canada as a real Liberal victory. (real conservative)