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At least the Conservatives are consistent in their by-election strategy..

For the Conservative strategists, The Dianne Haskett by-election strategy of playing peek-a-boo with the public and media extends not only to their contending candidates, such as Julian Fantino, but also to their candidates who aren’t expected to win, such as in Winnipeg North:

200 attend byelection forum for Winnipeg North

Conservative candidate a no-show

Conservative candidate Julie Javier was a no-show at a candidates’ forum Wednesday night in the city’s North End. But more than 200 people crowded into the small Burrows Resource Centre — a room that would normally seat about 100 people — to hear the other six candidates.

Liberal Kevin Lamoureux wasted little time in taking advantage of her absence. The forum began with each candidate giving brief opening statements, followed by each answering a question supplied by themselves and then directing that question to another candidate of their choice.

Lamoureux directed his question on how to better accommodate immigrants into Canadian society to Javier — which drew loud laughter and applause from the partisan crowd.

I’ve actually seen one Blogging Tory claim on a message board on another Liberal site that candidate forums/debates are more or less useless; that lame defence of these no-shows reminded me of Kim Campbell famously saying in 1993 that elections are not useful for discussing issues.

2 comments to At least the Conservatives are consistent in their by-election strategy..

  • In the 2008 election, Diane Finley skipped a few of the all-candidates meetings. She still won by a surprisingly wide margin. Debates are important, I fully agree. However, it seems like a finely tuned, efficient get-out-the-vote (GOTV) mechanism is what really pays off. In a by-election, GOTV plays an even bigger role. By election turnout is notoriously low.

  • I’ve actually seen one Blogging Tory claim on a message board on another Liberal site that candidate forums/debates are more or less useless

    Like they claimed that debate in the HoC was useless not so long ago? Fallen kinda far from their populist roots haven’t they?

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