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Cornwall Mayor Robert Kilger said “that’s nothing to get excited about” referring to the photo ops by Conservative MP Guy Lauzon presenting government cheques for local projects with his name on it. I can appreciate Mr. Kilger’s callous considering that during his last post as a federal Liberal, his government erupted with their own “sponsorship scandal” out of La Belle Provence under Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien. This check issuing feat isn’t even in the same ball field. What the Conservative MP is doing is as old as is the art of advertising however, it is certainly not ethical by any Canadian standard. MP Lauzon and his PC members are employing what is referred to as subliminal Advertising. This form of advertising is based on the fact that under any circumstances, individuals store more information in a fraction of a second--and are influenced by it--than you are ever consciously aware of, thus planting a seed in our unconscious mind’s eye for future connecting when the time (election) comes around. It is, at least in this writer’s opinion, a blatant form of cohesion which employs the power of perspective and the power of suggestion and far unworthy of the Harper Government which promised, during the last election to us all to administer our affairs openly and honestly. It certainly is paramount to remember that it wasn’t only our local MP but rather 54 other MP’s for this form of activity wasn’t conceived locally but at the PC head office. If not so, then why did the Prime Minister’s office send out a fax to all PC’s reminding them those PC logos should not be on ceremonial cheques? It is a truesome that the glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant encumbrance. How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again! MP Lauzon is quoted as saying “he didn’t think it crossed the line”, well Mr. Lauzon your boss thinks you did, so what do you do now, issue another mail survey asking us once again if we still love you?

Speaking of MP Guy Lauzon’s monthly irritating flyers or questionnaire, on countless occasions I’ve asked for Mr. Lauzon to publish his survey results, but they seem to be as subliminal as is his ceremonial cheques are to cash. Nevertheless, in his last intrusive flyer our MP first advertises the amount of cash allocated to our riding then has the gall to ask if we support the Conservative government’s Economic Plan and support him.

After reading them there must be several citizens who would agree with the

Statement - familiarity breeds contempt. If you don’t agree then ask yourself ‘How accurate are they? And what purpose do they serve? The only reason personally I hold truth in such respect is because in reading such flyers I have so little opportunity to see it in action. OK, before you go off on me, Yes, you are right -- I am a moralist in disguise; and it gets me into heaps of trouble when I go thrashing around in political questions, but someone has to let all politicians know we are seeing right through their paper thin veils of his survey game.

As I understand that Mr. Lauzon reads my column, here’s some cheap advice for you before you think of such further cohesive actions. Tricking the general public is a temperate which requires great art and until practice and experience shall give you more confidence, elegance, and precision, I’d suggest you attempt practicing patience, and diligence and painstaking attention to detail -- these are the requirements for cohesion; these, in time, will make you perfect; upon these and upon these only, may you rely as the sure foundation for future eminence. Think what tedious years of study, thought, practice, experience, went to the equipment of those peerless old Liberal masters who were able to impose upon the whole world the lofty and sounding maxim that "Truth is mighty and will prevail"-- the most majestic compound fracture of fact which any woman born has yet achieved. The history of our Canadian democratic political system and each politician’s experience, are bogged down thick with evidences that a truth is not hard to kill, and that a lie well told is immortal. It has been my observation these many years that there are some things that can beat smartness and foresight, that being awkwardness and stupidity. Think of the best swordsman in the world. He doesn't need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn't do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn't prepared for him. Likening to the amateur swordsman, the PC cheques scam has not fooled the general public as MP Lauzon said the general public “are smarter than the Liberals think they are. People understand when they see that cheque that it’s the federal government funding this project. It’s not coming out of the local MP’s bank account” however, it has made the public feel as if you’re trying to subliminally coerce us, and that’s not keeping the PC promises to be better than the previous Liberal government or is it? Keep Practicing and someday you might be as good as the previous governments in hiding the true reason for such cohesive actions.

Organizations: Harper Government

Geographic location: Cornwall, La Belle Provence

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