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Cheating Senators must stop campaigning–Layton

New Democrats rolled out another Not So Great Moments television ad, this time exposing Stephen Harper’s record on appointing Conservative insiders and party bagmen to the Senate.

This article was taken off of the official NDP site on April 9, 2011. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the makers and contributors of Young Canadians Vote.

Jack Layton at a rally in Winnipeg, Manitoba

New Democrat Leader Jack Layton at a rally in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 5, 2011. Courtesy of the NDP.

OTTAWA – New Democrats rolled out another Not So Great Moments television ad, this time exposing Stephen Harper’s record on appointing Conservative insiders and party bagmen to the Senate.

“Stephen Harper promised he’d stop those Liberal-style scandals. Instead, he just replaced them with insider scandals of his own,” said Layton. “Harper rewarded Conservative insiders with Senate seats, so they could continue their partisan work – but now subsidized by the taxpayers of Canada.”

The television ad takes aim at Harper for appointing a top Conservative fundraiser – who is now facing charges for breaking election laws.

The ad depicts a surprised looking Senator swarmed by journalists outside of Parliament. Harper appears from inside the building and whisks the embattled Senator to safety, hanging a sign reading “Senators at Work”.

The ad then features Layton, saying that Canadians deserve real leadership.

“Stephen Harper said he’d clean up the scandals once and for all, instead he’s made things worse,” Layton says in the TV spot. “It’s time to choose a Prime Minister you can count on, a Prime Minister who will help your family get ahead, who’ll put political games aside and get things done for you. Not just the well connected.”

The television ads will air on national television beginning Thursday night.