Tuesday, November 6, 2018


  Federal Liberal fundraisers are urging supporters to build up Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign war chest for looming social media attacks by Ontario Proud, “founded and directed by alumni of Stephen Harper’s government” known for “lowering the bar for political discourse.”
   But to anyone familiar with Ontario politics, the Trudeau Liberals’ manufactured panic over what amounts to yet another political advocacy group, is laughable and reeks of hypocrisy.
After all, Ontario Proud, founded by Jeff Ballingall — breathlessly described by CP as “a digitally savvy former Harper-era Conservative staffer and erstwhile employee of the short-lived Sun News Network” — only arrived on the scene for the 2018 Ontario election, where limits were finally placed on how much money third-party advocacy groups could spend.
  Prior to that, the union-financed Working Families Coalition and other unions spent millions of dollars in the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014 Ontario election, running vicious attack ads that “lowered the bar for political discourse” against PC leaders Ernie Eves in 2003, John Tory in 2007 and Tim Hudak in 2011 and 2014.

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