Inside attack ads - 2013-04-20

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F253.png Inside attack ads April 20, 2013, Mick Gzowski, Macleans

Pundits argue the merits of attack ads. How well do they work? Even when they do, are they bad for democracy, driving people away from politics and the polls?

Unlike the decimating attacks on Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, this week's Conservative attack ad against Justin Trudeau may have failed on both those counts.

The ad suggest that Trudeau is "in way over his head" and shows him prancing about in a white undershirt with a Zorro-like mustache. It then split-screens to compare him to Stephen Harper, showing the Prime Minister in a hard hat and chatting with Barack Obama.

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