Really? I mean are the Conservatives the only ones bringing us all together? Apologies if my translation/interpretation is a bit off the mark there. I suspect there’s actually more “inside baseball” going on concerning the promise of giving power to all parts of Quebec that, as an outsider unfamiliar with the unique political landscape of that province, escapes me… somewhat.
How ironic. If anything, the Harper Conservatives are one of the most divisive parties that Canadians have experienced in power for as long as I can recall (which, sadly, is getting to be a rather lengthy period of time).
In fact, it’s quite essential to their strategy… pitting one region against another; rural communities against city dwellers; “real” Canadians against the so-called “elites”; and so on. Divide and conquer seems to be their abiding motto as they demographically slice and dice the electorate in their well-funded “war room” and devise newfangled gimmicks that target certain segments of the population with paltry tax rebates for one thing or another.
And I have to say that this notion of being “the only option” is rather condescending. Likewise with the Liberal pitch in a similar vein that if Harper is to be defeated, you MUST vote for Ignatieff and the Liberals.
Personally, I like to keep my options open… I suspect that most people, or at least those who care somewhat seriously about these things, do also. Accordingly, being told that I really have only one choice doesn’t sit quite right with me.
p.s. If someone living in Quebec can provide me with a better understanding of what the message (and subtext) being conveyed in this advert is, I’d very much appreciate being enlightened.