They are only 25 second ads designed to encourage young Canadians to vote in 2008.
But they are the reason the Cons are trying to muzzle the Chief Electoral Officer.
Not because the ads didn't work, as they claim. But because they offended Big Oil.
The government has disclosed the type of Elections Canada advertising campaign the Conservatives want to prohibit under controversial legislation to radically amend federal election law—a 25-second video that contrasts urban pollution and emissions to an evergreen forest as it urges youth to “vote, shape your world.”
A government official, who did not want to be identified, provided The Hill Times with a link to the 2008 Elections Canada ad archived on YouTube in an attempt to demonstrate the kind of promotional campaigns that Bill C-23 would prohibit under the Canada Elections Act, while restricting the chief electoral officer to only conveying information to the public about the basics of voting.
It couldn't be clearer or more OBVIOUS.
And this reply from Pierre Poilievre's office couldn't be more PATHETIC.
A spokesperson for Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre (Nepean Carleton, Ont.) said the government is addressing the content of Elections Canada voting promotion campaigns.
“The minister is not arguing that Elections Canada’s advertising drives turnout down, rather that it fails to drive turnout up, because it does not address the practical obstacles that prevent many from voting,” said his communications director, Gabrielle Renaud-Mattey.
Because what good is telling young people HOW to vote, if you don't motivate them to do that? And why wouldn't you try to do that by telling them they have the power to shape the future of the world they and their children will live in?
Of course, this isn't the only reason for the Orwellian so-called Fair Elections Act. It's also designed to help them steal the next election, and escape any possible consequences of having tried to steal the last one.
But it is why the Cons don't want the Chief Election Officer to run ads encouraging young people to vote. Because if they can't control the message it must be muzzled. Even in the classroom
And what this tells us is that Big Oil is not only controlling the Con agenda, it's now directly corrupting our democracy. As Big Oil always ends up doing.
But then why should we be surprised when Stephen Harper is muzzling scientists and burning books for the same reason?
And continuing his never-ending insane war on the environment.
Canada’s efforts to combat climate change could be scaled down as Environment Canada braces for more budgetary belt-tightening over the next three years.
A recently released report on Environment Canada’s plans and priorities reveals the department plans to reduce spending from $1.01 billion in 2014-2015 to $698.8 million in 2016-2017.
Even as the planet BURNS.
And now we know all this, the choice we face is also brutally obvious: Do we want to live in a reactionary petro state or in a democracy?
And how hard are we prepared to fight for OUR kind of Canada?
I'm going to be making my own YouTube ads to encourage young Canadians and older ones to vote. Because I find those ads a little too upbeat to motivate anyone in the darkness of Harperland.
I wish I could appeal to the idealism of Canadians, because I am deeply idealistic myself about the kind of country I want to live in.
But at this point I think the only way to motivate those Canadians too indifferent or lazy to vote is to show them the consequence of not doing their democratic duty.
And scare them to the polls by making it clear what kind of a savage jungle Harper and his Big Oil thugs would turn this country into if they are not stopped.
Even as they torch our future and the future of the planet.
And of course you know what my message is, since I have been repeating it night after night to the point of exhaustion on this blog for more than eight years.
Or we will organize, unite, work to turn out the vote like we never have before, so as to crush those evil Cons, and their depraved leader.
Or we will wake up one day screaming in pain, in a burning land.
In his nightmare world...
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