Stop ALL political attack ads!
  • Petitioned Prime Minister Harper

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Government of Canada
Prime Minister Harper
Liberal Leader
Hon. Justin Trudeau
NDP Leader
Hon. Thomas Mulcair

Stop ALL political attack ads!

    1. Petition by

      Ruth Blair

      Toronto, Canada

The Conservative Party has been in government since 2006. For 7 years, Canadians have been bombarded with their attack ads on their opponents. This negativity CANNOT be healthy for our great country. Please join me to ask all political parties to stop ALL attack ads!!!

To:
Prime Minister Harper, Government of Canada
Hon. Justin Trudeau, Liberal Leader
Hon. Thomas Mulcair, NDP Leader
Negative political ads are often outdated sound bytes that have been taken out of context, always nasty in tone, AND they are 100% DIVISIVE! They are NOT healthy for our great country. Please stop ALL political attack ads!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Welcome New Supporters and Hello to ALL Supporters

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      Not only I am grateful for your support, I am inspired by you all! I just love reading your reason(s) for signing this petition! We sure share a strong conviction that these attack ads are NOT good for our great country!

      Tonight I will share with you a report from Jennifer Ditchburn - "More Conservative MPs say No to taxpayer-paid attacks against Trudeau". I would like to believe we have made the difference!

      http://www.therecord.com/news/canada/article/927036--more-conservative-mps-say-no-to-taxpayer-paid-attacks-against-trudeau

      Please continue to share this petition with EVERYONE you know. Have them join this "party of democracy"! The more, the merrier!

      Ruth Blair

    3. I am enlightened!

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      The comments you have posted on this site enlighten me! I am so thrilled we all share the same conviction that these attack ads are a form of bullying, and they are dangerous to our democracy! Bravo! I thank you! Please continue to support this petition by sharing this site with EVERYONE you know!

      Tonight I will share this excerpt with you -

      "Treating politics as a war against enemies is a mortal threat to democracy because it corrodes compromise. The willingness and ability to compromise permits politicians to make deals, and making deals is essential to a healthy democracy, whatever purists might think."

      - Michael Ignatieff, October 2012 -

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/michael-ignatieffs-timely-warning-on-the-politics-of-fascism/article4753299/

      If anyone knows what it is like on the receiving end of attack ads, Mr. Ignatieff would.

      Ruth Blair.

    4. We are awesome!

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      We reached another milestone! The number of signatures on this petition passed 200 last night!!! We are an awesome bunch! Please continue to share this site with everyone you know! Thank you!

      I would like to believe we have made the difference. Please take a moment to read this article! Let's keep up with our effort to stop ALL politcal attack ads!

      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/05/01/some_conservative_mps_tell_trudeau_about_their_unease_with_attack_ads.html

      Ruth Blair

      Some Conservative MPs tell Trudeau about their unease with attack ads | Toronto Star

      OTTAWA-Conservative MPs have been quietly approaching Justin Trudeau to tell him they're refusing to take part in their party's planned mass-mail attack against the new Liberal leader. "Already a number of Conservatives have mentioned to me privately that they're not particularly appreciative of it and they don't intend to use them," Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday.

    5. Jeffrey Simpson (The Globe and Mail) on - Our money for attack ads

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporter:

      We are approaching a milestone of 200 signatures on this petition! Thank you!!! To the new supporters, welcome! Please continue to share this site with everyone you know!!!

      Tonight I will share with you another journalist's view. This article is by Jeffrey Simpson at The Globe and Mail.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/our-money-for-attack-ads-how-low-can-the-harper-conservatives-go/article11579462/?cmpid=rss1

      Let's keep our politicians accountable and respectful.

      Ruth Blair

    6. One politician's view on Attack ads from 5 years ago

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      I hope all of you come back to this site occasionally to check my updates. Your continual support by sharing this petition will be greatly appreciated!

      Tonight I will share with you a video link. It was Mr. Harper's view on attack ads from 2008.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFj8QY9iNI4

      Perhaps we need to tell ALL politicians that bullish attack ads are NOT acceptable practices!

      Ruth Blair

    7. Why do we let politicians lie on television?

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      Thank you for your support on this petition. Please continue to share this site with everyone you know. We can make a difference if we work together!

      "We wouldn’t stand for the level of dishonesty and deception we routinely see in political advertising if it came from someone selling pickup trucks, hamburgers, underwear or shampoo. So why the hell do we put up with it from people trying to sell us the people who will run the country?"

      http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/04/27/why-do-we-let-politicians-lie-on-television/

      Ruth Blair

    8. Attack Ads and Bullying

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      The definition of "Bullying" on the kidshelpphone.ca site:

      Bullying:
      - Usually happens between peers
      - Is often part of a pattern
      (i.e. it happens more than once)
      - Is almost always done on purpose
      (though sometimes the person doing the
      bullying may think AND SAY it's ‘just a joke’)

      Does that describe political attack ads? I think so. Just debate? I don't think so.

      Let's stop ALL political attack ads. Please ask your friends/family and everyone you know to sign and share this petition.

      Thank you!

      Ruth Blair

    9. CBC "At Issue" panel discussion on Attack ads

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      Another weekend is upon us. Will you be meeting up with some friends or family in the next couple of days? If so, please share this petition site with them. Any additional support for this cause will be greatly appreciated!

      Tonight I will wrap up by sharing with you this video of CBC “At Issue” team. The broadcast was aired on April 18th, 2013. The panel members are Chantal Hebert, Andrew Coyne and Bruce Anderson. Their discussion on attack ads starts at 2:49. Please excuse all the advertising at the beginning of the clip. Bear with them, the panel is worth watching.

      http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/The+National/At+Issue/ID/2380565309/

      Have a nice weekend!

      Ruth Blair

    10. Trudeau ads not bullying, just part of debate, says Prime Minister

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:
      Thank you for your support on this petition. Please continue to share this site with EVERYONE you know.

      Today I came across this article on the CBC site -

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/04/25/pol-harper-bullying-trudeau-flyer.html

      According to Dictionary.com, the definition of “Debate” is -

      1. a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints.
      2. a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
      3. deliberation; consideration.
      4. Archaic. strife; contention.

      So, do you think the ads about Mr. Trudeau was meant to be a debate? I will let you make your own judgement.

      Ruth Blair

    11. The Flyers that you paid for

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      Have you received this flyer mentioned in the Ottawa Citizen? If you have, I hope you liked it, because YOU PAID for it!

      http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/04/24/taxpayer-funded-mp-mail-outs-target-trudeau/

      Regardless of our political stripes, this kind of mud-slinging is NOT how our political system should work. We have to do our best to stop this downward spiral of negativity. Please continue support this petition by sharing it with EVERYONE you know.

      Thank you.

      Ruth Blair
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    12. Justin Trudeau's response to attack ads

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:
      I trust you know this petition is not a partisan one. I am requesting ALL political parties to stop ALL negative attack ads (especially when they are out of context and not based on facts). That said, the latest round of attack ads were launched by the Conservatives against the new Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau. And today, Mr. Trudeau has responded with his own advertising campaign. I would like to share his ad with you and his reasoning behind his response (please see the links below). I will leave you to form your own judgement.
      Please continue to support this petition by sharing it with your friends. Thank you!
      Ruth

      http://www.thestar.com/news/2013/04/23/justin_trudeau_responds_to_attack_ad.html

      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/04/23/justin_trudeau_tv_ads_make_pitch_to_end_negativity.html

    13. This past week

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      So much had happened this past week.

      Last Monday was the Boston Marathon bombing. The following days the hunt for the two suspects dominated the news. By Friday, the one surviving suspect was caught. The weekend was filled with analysis of who these two brothers were and why they did what they did. Then today was the 2 alleged terrorists apprehended in Canada. The issue of attack ads has not exactly been on the front page news the last few days. However, I can assure you these ads have NOT gone away.

      By signing this petition, we share a conviction these attack ads are NOT healthy for our Canada. To raise awareness of this issue, I will continue to need your assistance. This site is not going away. Please continue to share this petition with all your contacts.

      Thank you.

      Ruth

    14. One Man's Fight Against Attack Ads

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:

      Yesterday was a good day! This petition reached the milestone of 100 signatures in the morning! The number steadily climbed throughout the day, we now stand at 115! Bravo and thank you! Now only 99,885 more to go! Please continue support this effort by sharing the petition with EVERYONE you know!

      I will end my letter to you with this short 3 minutes clip. This gentleman and I really should meet for a coffee someday and compare notes!

      http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=909884

      Thank you, and let's keep on and keeping on!

      Ruth

    15. Reached 100 signatures
    16. EKOS poll

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters:
      According to this EKOS poll, 1828 English-speaking Canadians were interviewed from April 17 to 19, 70% of them think the attack ads launched against the newly chosen Liberal leader Justin Trudeau by the Conservatives were “unfair”. 74% of them said the ads were “unhelpful”.
      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/04/19/poll_antitrudeau_attack_ads_unfair.html
      My question is – why are these ads still airing? To whom do these ads serve? I can tell you with 100% certainty that these ads are not benefitting the political atmosphere in our great country! So why are we allowing our politicians to continue bombarding us with them? Especially we are nowhere near an election! We must tell our politicians to stop this toxicity and negativity!
      By supporting this petition, you are doing your part. For that, I am grateful. Please continue to share this petition with your friends, relatives and anyone you know.
      Thank you.

    17. Democratic Danger of Political Attack Ads

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      I thank you all for your support by signing my petition! Please continue to share this site with your friends, family and anyone you know!

      I came across a great column in The Toronto Star by Allen Gregg. This short excerpt is just to catch your attention. The full article is thought provoking. For full length of his column, please click on the link below.

      “We would be wise to remember that politics is not a blood sport and that “what politics are really about” is not bludgeoning your opponent until they cannot stand."

      http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/04/18/the_democratic_danger_of_political_attack_ads.html

    18. Continue from my last message below -

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Continue from the message below (sorry, I wasn't aware of the character limitation) -
      So make them accountable. There’s no restriction of free speech involved: they could still say what they liked. They’d just have to own it. I have a hunch they’d clean up their act in a hurry.”
      Andrew Coyne, 13/04/17 8:13 PM ET, National Post
      http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/04/17/andrew-coyne-3/

    19. Attack ads are political deathstars but their target is democracy

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      What is objectionable about attack ads is not that they are “negative,” but that they are corrosive. Their intent is not merely to criticize, but to inflame. They’re not trying to provoke thought, but to shut it down.
      What can we do about this? I can think of two things. One, we can stop subsidizing it. Modern election campaigns do not need to cost nearly as much as they do. The only reason each party spends as much as it does is because the others do, and most of what they spend it on hurts democracy — like attack ads. Take away the tax credits and the reimbursements, and we’d all be better off.
      And two: make the party leaders voice the ads. None of these ads appears without the leader’s authorization — yet their fingerprints are kept off them. They can take the high road, while their minions do their dirty work. If any of this filth came out of their own mouths, they’d have to be accountable for it. Their public standing would suffer. Indeed, they’d sound ridiculous.
      So make them acc

    20. We live in hooligan times...

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      "We live in hooligan times. And we can’t not think about it – the vigour and sinew of hatred that is unleashed so casually in everything from e-mail to attack ads to online posts and TV images. We can’t blame TV or any other media. We are so connected and yet divisiveness is the result. We can only blame ourselves."
      This is an excerpt From John Doyle, The Globe and Mail, Wednesday, April 17th (link below). Sadly I agree with him. So do we sit back and just feel sorry for ourselves? Or should we do what we can to change this downward spiral of negativity/hatred/divisiveness? I chose to do something by starting this petition. I need you and your friends to join me. Please share this petition and let's do our part! Thank you.
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/why-we-live-in-hooligan-times/article11286935/

    21. Cyber and Air Wave Bullying - that is exactly what attack ads are!

      Ruth Blair
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank everyone one who had signed this petition! But this campaign is going a bit slower than I would like. So I wish to kick it up a notch.
      Attack ads is nothing short of bullying, folks. These bullish acts can be done via cyber space, via air wave, or via prints etc.. Last week, we witnessed the effectiveness of the campaign calling for justice for Rehtaeh Parsons. I was one of those who signed her petition. This week, I am calling for justice for ALL Canadians by starting this petition against negative, divisive, nasty attack ads. We didn't ask for them, we are not impressed by them and WE DESERVE BETTER politics!
      Please ask your friends to support this cause by forwarding the petition link. Our bullies in Ottawa need to be stopped! Thanks!
      Ruth

    22. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anthony DeSouza WOODSTOCK, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      We're bigger than this.

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    • Karen Kent TIMMINS, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      So tired of the negativity and it being used to mask unsolved problems!

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    • Irene Wojtecka Williams SMITHERS, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      It models behavior that we are trying to stop in our youth.

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    • Adam Olsen-Kozak THUNDER BAY, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      Attack Ads do nothing but further the idea that people should vote for the party that is the lesser evil. This further disenfranchises voters and decreases voter turnout.

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    • Ronald Clarke HANMER, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      attack ads are run by scared politicians!

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