Posts Tagged ‘Campaign Literature’

Outrageous Claims and Sleight of Hand…

Larry Miller, the Conservative candidate for the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, recently distributed some campaign literature. In this flyer, there is an outrageous claim that involves some creative interpretation and sleight of hand.

Mr. Miller declares that the Conservative government under Stephen Harper has reduced the Canadian deficit by $39 billion since 2006. The truth is that yes, the CPC did pay down $39 billion in debt prior to the recession but have since erased that and have racked up the deficit to a point where the federal government is now $78.1 billion dollars further in debt than when Mr. Harper took over.

As a colleague so aptly described it…..”it’s a bit like claiming praise for paying off part of your visa when you went out the next day and racked up an even bigger bill”.

Please remember to critically evaluate campaign literature. Analyse the claims made and ask questions of the candidates if something seems inaccurate.  This particular claim is not untrue but is slightly outrageous once you add in the other half of the truth.