Under Mr. Harper’s watch, the Government of Canada spent several hundred million dollars on advertisements, much of which were fairly blatant pro-Conservative political ads financed by the Canadian taxpayer. And many of them are dishonest, too.
Conservative campaign ads that are even worse. A perfect recent example features liberal leader Justin Trudeau uttering the soundbite, “and the budget will balance itself”. This is supposedly a demonstration of the naivety of Mr. Trudeau, but what it really demonstrates is just how far Conservatives under Harper are willing to go with lies and deception. The full sentence from which this phrase was taken was an argument in favor of strengthening the Canadian economy: “the commitment needs to be a commitment to grow the economy and the budget will balance itself“.