Sunday, June 29, 2008

Stéphane Dion = Kevin Rudd?

Paul Wells floats the idea, apparently being bandied around by “senior Canadian Liberals,” that a comparison between the Australian Labor leader and Stéphane Dion may not be too far-fetched. To emphasize his point, Wells runs an advertisement from the last election campaign showing Rudd touting his concern for the environment, promising to ratify Kyoto, &etc.

Accordingly, I couldn’t resist showing this parody advert from The Chasers boys that skewers Rudd, portraying him as a calculating, opinion poll-driven panderer who’s “a passionate supporter of happy families, beautiful water, sunny days and… anything else? Ah yes, children — I strongly support children.”

Update: The Toronto Star this morning has more on the comparison between Rudd and Dion. “The similarities between Howard and Harper are striking but most importantly, of course, the Conservatives kept making a big deal out of the fact that they were disciples of Howard and were learning from them, really, what right-wing tactics work electorally,” said one Liberal insider. “So, we thought we better figure out the other side of that.”