Political Attack Ads

With an election hanging in the air, political attack ads are once-again rampant. And some observers say they have become meaner and more personal than ever. We're asking what that means for our political discourse and what it says about our national culture.



PART ONE

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Woman: For eight years, The Current has been telling "you" what's important to "your" world. Who gave them that right? Why can't you decide? Maybe you'd prefer three hours of human interest stories but I guess The Current doesn't find "humans" that "interesting."
And what's with the host's name? Is it Anna or Maria? Maybe before she decides what Canadians want to hear, she should decide her own first name. Maybe if she wasn't hoarding two names for herself, the show could give a name to the guy they call The Voice.
Sorry Mr. Voice. but "currently" Anna Maria isn't sharing.
Didn't mornings use to be a whole lot nicer?

Man: Paid for by the Committee to bring back Morningside.

Political Attack Ads - Panel

We started this segment with an Attack Ad Montage.

And to think, the election campaign hasn't even officially begun. Attack ads are once-again front-and-centre in Canadian politics. And some observers are suggesting that this round of ads is even nastier and more personal than in previous elections. So this morning, we're asking why it's okay for our politicians to subject each other to attacks that would be unthinkable in any other workplace and what this is doing to our sense of civility.

For her thoughts on that, we were joined first by Valerie Cade. She's the author of Bully Free at Work and a consultant of workplace bullying. She was in Calgary. Jim Armour is a former Conservative Communications Director for Stephen Harper. He was in Ottawa. And Warren Kinsella is a longtime Liberal Strategist. He was in Toronto.

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