EDITORIAL: Attacking Trudeau a classless tactic by Conservatives

One would hope our local Conservative MP, Cathy McLeod, would issue a statement denouncing her party’s pathetic response to the weekend election of Justin Trudeau as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

No sooner had Trudeau won the leadership than the Conservative braintrust had ads out, belittling Trudeau’s experience, decrying his attendance in the House of Commons and using a photo of him at a charity event to attack him.

The ads feature a mocking voice making fun of Trudeau’s array of jobs, including that of a drama teacher.

In the Conservative mindset, then, teachers are not qualified to be prime minister, a job apparently reserved for policy wonks with economic degrees.

The ads use a photo of a shirtless Trudeau in an attempt to further the Conservatives’ argument the Quebec MP is all style and no substance.

The fact the photo was taken at a charity event to raise money for and awareness of prostate cancer — the very disease that contributed to the death of Trudeau’s father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau — only adds to the utter tastelessness of such an attack.

But, this is par for the course with the Conservatives, who attacked Stéphane Dion as lacking the capacity to be a leader and who attacked Thomas Mulcair when he succeeded Jack Layton as NDP leader.

The next federal election is two years from now.

Could the Conservatives not have impressed and surprised us all by taking out ads congratulating Trudeau on his triumph and promising a fair, but tough battle?

Would such an ad have not created a buzz that would have done wonders for the Conservatives?

Instead, they decide to remain nasty and negative.

A few years ago, McLeod told KTW she disagreed with a certain negative-ad campaign of her party.

It was a refreshing take from a backbench MP, but one that remains rare.

Perhaps McLeod will speak her mind and not recite the party line when asked about this latest example of lack of class.


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