April 05, 2012
Reality Check: Redford PCs Go Negative
After promising to run a positive campaign, we now see the true colours of a party desperate to stay in power. At the start of the election campaign Alison Redford told Albertans that, “I don’t want this to be a campaign about fear, I want this to be a campaign about hope.”
(http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/03/26/redford-promises-positive-campaign) Those are now empty words from Redford just eleven days into the campaign. Here’s the record of the PC campaign of fear thus far: MARCH 8, 2012: Redford and the PCs release first attack ad. http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/03/20120308-100835.html MARCH 28, 2012: PCs launch robocall push poll promoting 3 lies about the Wildrose platform. PC campaign strategist later tries to justify the poll as legitimate “campaign research.” (http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/03/28/alberta-tories-taking-heat-over-robocalls) MARCH 29, 2012: Redford and the PCs launch second attack ad fabricating Wildrose policies. (http://www.votepc.ca/public/data/documents/PCA_TimeForWhat_Mar29.mp3) APRIL 5, 2012: Redford says she is not “fear-mongering” but that she is still “frightened” by Danielle Smith. (https://twitter.com/#!/waltondawn/status/187940392094797824) It’s not surprising to see the PCs revert to their culture of fear and intimidation during an election campaign, while the Wildrose has been rolling out its positive vision for Alberta through the Wildrose Pledge. It’s clear that the PCs will say anything - and promise anything - to try to stay in power, and they will continue to employ attack ads and fear tactics, hoping Albertans won’t remember their dismal record in office. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.