The federal Conservatives raised millions of dollars from their supporters over the years by finding and pressing key “hot button” issues like the gun registry. A good “hot button” issue gets a donor riled up and ready to write a cheque so his or her side will deal with that that “hot button” issue.
Well, with the gun registry retired, the Conservatives have settled on a new hot button issue — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is the key “issue” in a series of fundraising e-mails flying out of Conservative Party HQ in the last couple of weeks during the party’s “Seize the Moment” fundraising campaign. Consider this latest one that comes from Heritage Minister Shelly Glover:
Our economy is the strongest in the G7. We’re creating jobs and lowering taxes. Canada is in better shape than ever before.
We can’t stop now.
We have to Seize the Moment – and that’s why we’ve set an ambitious fundraising goal of $2 million by the end of year.
Justin Trudeau would take our economy off track. He’s voted against almost every measure we’ve put forward – and his own plan to legalize marijuana would put our communities at risk.
Worse, he’s in way over his head – he’s constantly saying things like this:
“There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around…” – Justin Trudeau, November 7, 2013
I guess somebody forgot to tell Justin that we don’t like dictatorships.
The Liberal fundraising machine is now in overdrive. They’re doing their best to raise more money than us – you and I just can’t let that happen.
Chip in $25 today – just $6.25 after your tax credits – and help us reach our goal.
Canada is the true north, strong and free – it’s time to Seize the Moment.
MP, Saint Boniface
Here’s one sent out over top of the name of the Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre:
Seven years ago, our Conservative government set out to rebuild Canada.
With the strongest economy in the G7, our plan is working – but until Canada is as strong and as free as it can be, we cannot say our work is done.
The election is less than two years away – and the stakes couldn’t possibly be higher.
You have a choice to make today:
You can make a difference by donating – and be a part of this campaign, from every day now until election day.
Or you can skip your donation – assume you can’t make a difference – and risk waking up in 2015 to Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister.
Can you imagine Trudeau leading our economy? Or representing Canada on the world stage?
He’s in way over his head. We can’t let that happen to our country.
Make the right choice – chip in $25 today to the Conservative Party.
and another, over the name of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification:
You and I understand what’s at stake in the next election – we’re electing someone to lead Canada’s economy.
This is no small task. Through Prime Minister Harper’s leadership, Canada currently leads the G7 in terms of economic growth and job creation.
But we must be vigilant. The global economy remains fragile.
So when people ask me why they should donate to our Party, here’s what I tell them: Canada can’t afford to elect someone with no vision, and no plan. Someone who, at best, is full of empty rhetoric – Justin Trudeau.
Instead, for Canada to continue to be prosperous, strong, and free, it needs the leadership of a strong Conservative team led by our Prime Minister.
We need your help.
So far this month, our donors have given generously – but we still have a lot of work to do to meet our goal of $2 million by the end of the month.
Our Party has always relied on the strength of our grassroots supporters, and you have always delivered, and for this we thank you.
We’re counting on you to help us Seize the Moment and meet our goal of $2 million.
Help us fight back today with a donation of $25 or whatever you can afford.
Through your support, we can continue to elect people who stand up for the victims of crime, who are dedicated to growing our economy, balancing our budgets, and keeping Canada strong and free.
Thank you for partnering with us in Seizing Canada’s Moment.
MP, Calgary Centre–North
UPDATE – Here’s another e-mail sent Dec. 29 at 9 a.m. ET by Party HQ over the name of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Again — note the warning — give us money or you get Justin Trudeau!:
Conservative Party of Canada
Do you know which country has the strongest economy in the G7?
That’s something we should be very proud of.
We didn’t get here by accident. It’s taken seven years of strong leadership from Stephen Harper.
He made the tough choices – and the right choices – to get our economy on track.
Today, you have an important choice to make.
We need to make sure our Party is just as strong as our economy – or we risk losing the election to Justin Trudeau.
Do you really think Justin Trudeau could run our economy? I don’t think so – he’s in way over his head.
Make the right choice – donate $25 today, or whatever you can afford, to our Seize the Moment campaign.
You only have two more days to make your end-of-year donation and get a tax credit, worth up to 75% of your donation.
And we need your help to reach our $2 million goal by the end of this month.
Now is the time to donate to the Conservative Party – make your contribution now.