If you`re Hugh McFadyen, to have a 20 point lead over the NDP at this point in time. Granted, the NDP does have their cheerleaders in print (I`m looking at you Dan Lett and Mary Agnes Welch), but come on – it would be so easy for you to be 20 point up right now.
The NDP campaign is built almost entirely on fear mongering.
`The Conservatives will sell Manitoba Hydro`
That`s almost the easiest to retort! Try this response.
`Greg Selinger and the NDP have gone on for months about how they are convinced that I will privatize Manitoba Hydro. In fact, the law prevents the sale of Manitoba Hydro without public approval in a referendum. If you can`t trust Greg Selinger to tell you the truth, how can you trust him to be premier?`
The next one
`Hugh Mc Fadyen will cancel wastewater treatment upgrades`
How about this for a comeback?
`The NDP is so concerned about these treatment upgrades that they have cancelled the upgrades themselves and obviously agree with the Conservative plan.`
`Pursuing an East side route for Bipole 3 will jeopardize UNESCO designation, cancel sales contracts and cause legal problems with first nations`
Never mind that the reason against have been trotted out again and again
`Greg Selinger and the NDP make claims that an east side bi-pole will jeopardize a UNESCO designation and cancel export sales contracts. In fact they have never spoken to UNESCO and the former head of the organization has indicated that it will not jeopardize that designation. Export sales call for green energy. If they cancel these contracts, their alternative is coal power, hardly a green energy source. And not only are several first nations on the east side of lake Winnipeg in favour of the east side route, it can be built with only traversing one first nation. Again, if you can`t trust Greg Selinger to tell you the truth, how can you trust him to be premier?`
There`s some sound bites that could be used in commercials. You can easily make one from my last blog post too. Some might say they are negative ads, but how can correcting lies be considered negative?
Instead what do we get? Boutique tax credits and extended period of deficits and a spending promises that rival the NDP’s.
This election could be in the bag for you, but instead it appears you have a NDP mole working to sabotage your campaign.
You know, that Liberal party is starting to look pretty good……..