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It’s Decision Time, Liberal or Conservative?

By Roy L Hales

After months  of what has been called a “three way horse race,”  the choices are getting clearer. As the narrator from one of the latest Conservative attack ads puts it, “It’s Decision Time, Liberal or Conservative?”

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Why Voters Readily Accept Misinformation

By Roy L Hales

The Conservative party’s campaign video “The Interview” is essentially character assassination. The plot for this attack on Justin Trudeau’s competence was lifted from an old NDP attack ad (“Job Interview”) against the former leader of Manitoba’s Conservatives. The similarities between the two videos starts with their titles and finishes with their closing lines. The Conservative pr people added some new touches. Ignoring the fact Trudeau was a math teacher, the actors portray him as financially inept. They also make the ludicrous remark that the Prime Minister’s office is not an entry level job. (Trudeau was raised in a very political family, has been an MP since 2007 and Leader of the Liberal party since 2013.) Despite this, a fairly large number of Canadians appear to be deceived by this propaganda piece. Max Cameron from the department of political science at UBC explained why voters readily accept misinformation.

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Some Canadian Political Videos Are Credible

By Roy L Hales

Though their presentation is more sophisticated, many of the political ads for this election use the simple formula “We good, they bad.” Viewer are subjected to an ongoing argument in which parties spin the facts to glorify themselves and vilify their opponents. Much of this is questionable, and badly in need of fact checking, but some Canadian political videos are credible.

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