The Liberal candidate in Vancouver-South is outraged about ads the Conservatives have purchased in ethnic media. He says the ads contain outright lies.
They have been published in Vancouver Chinese-language paper Ming Pao, but also reportedly in Punjabi-language media.
The ads ask if Justin Trudeau’s Liberals share their values, claiming the party wants to make marijuana access easier for kids and to put safe-injection sites and brothels in their neighbourhoods.
A sign that Conservatives are nervous?
Harjit Sajjan says it’s likely because of the change in momentum. “These images are actually extremely disturbing. The only thing I can take out of this is the desperation on the Conservatives’ part.”
Sajjan says he’s getting questions about the claims as he meets voters, but is focused on just setting the record straight.
Attack ads nothing new in politics
Former B.C. NDP candidate Gabriel Yiu claims similar ads caused him a major loss in the 2013 provincial race.
“Those attacks actually are baseless, fabrication, but they got away with them in previous elections, so I would expect these kinds of things to come out in the final days of election.”
Yiu says media should not be allowed to publish ads that contain mistruths.
Coincidentally, Defence Minister Jason Kenney tweeted out a photo of himself with the Ming Pao editorial board today. In it, he says he just spent 45 minutes taking questions from Ming Pao staff at an editorial board meeting.
The newspaper has not returned calls for comment.
The Conservatives stand their ground
They say in a statement emailed to CKNW:
“Justin Trudeau refuses to acknowledge the damage that drugs do to families and communities,” further accusing him of “wanting the sale of marijuana in corner stores and increasing the number of heroin injection sites.”
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) October 13, 2015