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The political parties have begun what will be five weeks of campaigning. In this new Campaign 2011 feature, ONW eavesdrops as top party strategists talk political tactics.

Blair McCreadie, PC Strategist:

Game on!  For a political activist, there's nothing quite like the sight of freshly planted lawn signs on the morning of Day 29.  Elliott will be happy that my first sighting was an NDP sign - but, admittedly, those tend to sprout in my neighbourhood

Dalton McGuinty goes on TV to admit that he's, "not the most popular guy in the country."  Fourteen Liberal MPPs (or 20% of caucus) decide to retire rather than defend a tired two-term record.  Two embarrassing leaks in the past week:  the recording of the secret briefing on the Liberal platform, and Chris Morley's "don't go to TIFF" staff directive.  And a platform launch that landed with an uninspired thud.  All signs of a government that is past its best before date.  Bob, if you want to right the good ship "Liberal Lollypop" - the time is now!

 

Elliott Anderson, NDP Strategist:

People want change. And PCs are hoping that will be enough. I'd argue that people looking for real change, someone who will really stick up for them, have a better option.

 

Bob Richardson, Liberal Strategist:

My my my....everyone so nasty today. We must be doing well! Well my friends we are going to stick to our strategy of outlining of accomplishments in education, healthcare and job creation over the last 8 years and also give people a clear plan for the next 4 years, a plan endorsed by dozens of community leaders across the province and signed off by a bank economist. That is what folks expect and want. Will leave the tiresome empty partisan rhetoric to others :):)!

 

Blair McCreadie, PC Strategist:

Bob, as we've all learned on various campaigns, you can't sell what people aren't buying.  There's a big group of voters that have already made up their mind on the question of "more of the same" vs. "time for a change."  I take Bob's point:  the Liberals needed a big bounce from their platform launch to refocus voters on the "Liberal plan" for the next 4 years.  But, so far, the Liberals haven't had that bounce.  Unless that somehow changes, voters will remain focused on what they haven't liked about the last eight years of Dalton McGuinty:  tax hikes, wasteful spending, and a government that has grown increasingly out of touch.

 

Elliott Anderson, NDP Strategist:

Peter Kormos used to use the phrase "whoever smelt it dealt it" and I think that applies to what Bob's doing here. Liberals can't run negative attack ads, misleading web smears, avoid debate, campaign in a bubble and stalk their opponents and then claim they're above partisanship. No one believes them anymore.  For Blair's team, the challenge remains that there's another option for change. Andrea's talking about the change she'll offer. It seems like PCs are more interested in talking about the current (for now) government.

 

Bob Richardson, Liberal Strategist:

Man I liked Peter Kormos, he had a way with words! LOL....you guys are focused on political process B.S. because you know, test scores are up, wait times are down, more jobs created in Ontario than all the rest of Canada and a powerful go forward program. I would be doing the same as you faced with those facts.  Our strategy is to stick to our plan and keep moving forward. Onward and upward!


ONW's Strategists will be back at it next week. Stay tuned.

Posted date : September 08, 2011
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