Friday, March 02, 2012
wrong. I have also been unhappy with the messaging from the Tories of late. We need to make the case before proposing policies. We also need to better explain legislation. Whatever else may ail Stephen Harper’s government, it has some serious messaging issues. On three occasions over about as many weeks, the Conservatives’ political instincts went missing in action in the heat of a parliamentary battle. That was particularly striking this week as the government struggled without success to put allegations of vote-suppression in the 2011 campaign behind it. On a matter that is — in political terms — more akin to a debilitating flu than to a passing cold, the Conservatives committed the cardinal sin of feeding the controversy by changing their tune virtually every day The government kicked off the week by inviting the Liberals and the New Democrats to share whatever evidence of campaign dirty tricks they may have with Elections Canada. Harper said his party would do likewise. But he did not stick to that message.