Friday, September 12, 2008

More fun election coverage

First off, thanks to everyone who voted for my last post at Progressive Bloggers. That was a new record.

So, on the campaign trail:

Harper's warning Canadians that the Green Shift will destroy the economy and promote disunity between the federal government and the provinces. Yawn.

Classy. Tory communications director Ryan Sparrow dismissed criticism of Harper's plan to pull out of Afghanistan by 2011 from a dead soldier's father because he's supposedly a Liberal. He's been suspended from the campaign.

Andrew Coyne caught this amusing bit of spin:

Premier Graham supports St├ęphane Dion and the Green Shift — Liberal release
Liberal New Brunswick premier backs away from Dion carbon tax — Conservative release

Despite the Conservative claim that Graham "refused to directly support" the plan, the actual quote is this:

“His (Dion’s) policies in place today are going to help bring that project to fruition through tax credits for investments for new technologies; at the same time reducing the tax burden on the workers within New Brunswick. So it’s a balanced approach. And I’m here today to lend my support as premier.”
(CBC Radio One, World Report, September 11, 2008)

Seems pretty clear cut to me, but what do I know.

And finally, it looks like one of our leader's debates will directly compete with the VP debate south of the border. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but now, everyone wants to see how Sarah Palin does against Joe Biden. They should reschedule, because I know what I'll be watching October 2nd.

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