Attack Ad Review: The Interview (Conservative Party of Canada)

I’m beginning to think that Harper has proven himself so objectionable as a prime minister that even his trusted civilian advisers hate him and are out to sabotage his campaign.

Just look at that mess above.

Presumably, the goal here is to say that Justin Trudeau is inexperienced and would make a total hash of being prime minister. But after watching this a few times, I’m convinced that a winning electoral strategy for any of the opposition parties would simply be to hold this ad up and say, “Would you really trust the people who approved this disaster to run your country?”

Even Justin Trudeau, inexperienced as he is, given an iPhone and a few random strangers could direct an ad that looks less amateurish than this.

And that’s why I think that maybe this attack ad was made this ineptly on purpose — that maybe the gang of filmmakers and actors hired to produce it were thinking to themselves, “No way am I going to help this douche canoe get another chance at fucking over the entertainment industry. I’m going to murder this advertisement like it’s a female character on Murdoch Mysteries.

I mean, if you want more evidence that nobody’s heart was really in it, note how the writers didn’t even bother to write the ad. No, they just ripped off a 2011 ad produced by the Manitoba NDP. The only way they could do that and think they wouldn’t get caught is if they assumed the internet was something that hadn’t happened yet. And, no surprise, the plagiarism was spotted within hours of the ad’s launch.

Gee… um… Mr Harper, wasn’t intellectual property theft one of those crimes you wanted to get tough on?

Also, note the subject matter… considering the Conservatives are already widely believed to have handed the country over to corporate interests, how could somebody think it’s a good idea to remind everybody about this by filming a scenario in which the prime minister of the country is being selected by anonymous HR executives?

So, let’s go over what we learn about Stephen Harper’s Conservatives from this attack ad…

a. They’re a sack of bumbling knobs.

b. They’re a gang of thieves, poaching ideas off the NDP.

c. They’re in the pocket of big business and think it’s natural to have corporations running the country.

Hunh… pretty much what I thought going into the ad.

In the end, I will concede that this attack ad has accomplished one of its main goals: to go viral. Unfortunately for the Conservatives, it’s going viral for all the wrong reasons.

One very amused prairie dog who’s mocking this ad on Facebook with all his prairie dog friends.

Author: Paul Dechene

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6 thoughts on “Attack Ad Review: The Interview (Conservative Party of Canada)”

  1. The Conservatives keep winning because the critics keep making the same, non-resonant arguments over and over again…mostly that their style is bad. For starters, guess what? Unattractive people with bad style is a majority of Canadians, and seeing themselves represented in a political TV ad, no matter how glib or mean-spirited, is an automatic win for the party.

    The content that critics should remember and focus on is that HARPER CAME IN INEXPERIENCED ON A WAVE OF LIBERAL-FATIGUE, HAS MAINTAINED HIS POSITION IN AN ERA OF INCREDIBLY LOW QUALITY LIBERAL OPPOSITION LEADERS (JUVENILE, UNFOUNDED FEAR OF COMMUNISM KEEPING SUPERIOR NDP LEADERS IN THEIR PLACE), AND HAS NOT IMPROVED AS PRIME MINISTER, HAS NOT DONE A GOOD JOB, HAS NOT BALANCED THE BUDGET, AND HAS ONLY ‘KEPT US SAFE” FROM THE CLIMATE OF FEAR HE HIMSELF HAS CREATED. He is a belligerent con man in resentful, unfulfilled, plain middle-class man’s clothes.

    Trudeau, inexperienced. not ready? Join the club.

  2. They have, in a sense, co-opted the plot line from Napoleon Dynamite. As master manipulators, they have made you think you’re voting for Pedro over Summer Wheatly (Trudeau, Ignatieff, Martin), when of course you’re really electing a much angrier lowbrid of Kip and Uncle Rico who’ve made a deal with the cool kids behind the scenes to preserve their domain as is while pretending to the public that you’re all about Napoleon.

  3. As corny and amateurish as this terrible ad is, the contents are very true. The Liberal Party is just running with the Trudeau name, not the candidate. What does Justin have to show for his 43 years? Certainly not much for somebody that aspires to run our country. Should he not have ALOT more education like his father had. Justin is most likely a very good drama teacher but that’s as far as it goes. Mulcair and Harper will destroy this guy in the coming months. The P.C. party is just stating the truth and could care less how good the actors are.

  4. I can’t disagree with either Indy or Talbot viewpoints.

    If memory serves me Paul, no party poaches political attack ad ideas. It’s recycled material free for any political party to use. It’s all comes down whether they are effective or not in terms of winning the next election.

    Me thinks the Manitoba Prov NDP won’t be able to reuse that same style of attack ad from their 2011 provincial election in the upcoming 2016 Provincial election.

    The Conservatives are making a mistake trying to discredit Trudeau as inexperienced and not ready. Since when is any first time prime minister ever have experience? Perhaps if they originally ran in provincial office and became premier say like Bob Rae?
    They should leave Trudeau alone and let him make his own mistakes.
    Note to Trudeau…….minimize your mistakes!
    You’d think Mulcair is the bigger threat, boring as he may be.

  5. What I really find galling about this ad is the teacher-like imagery. I don’t know about you but my experience with teachers includes sniping, bullying comments like these people make and big rude red lines across your work as well as them making broad, unfair assumptions about your intentions. Who loves teachers? I sure don’t. Just another bunch of bullies, encouraging cliques and holding people up for ransom.

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