Conservative Party missteps

Three, one, whatever

Two articles on the front page of this morning's Chronicle

The first, from Canadian Press:

OTTAWA — An animated puffin with a well-aimed dislike for Stephane Dion managed to derail the Conservative campaign machine Tuesday as Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized for an election website that showed the bird defecating on his Liberal rival’s shoulder.

The website animation was quickly edited to remove the offending fly-by deposit but not before it made the rounds on national television networks, spreading a mess Harper found difficult to clean up.

The incident was not only the latest indication of the negative tone of the campaign’s early days, but also marked the first major misstep by the well-organized and tightly scripted Conservative team.

The second, from staff writer Stephen Maher:

The Conservative party dropped its Halifax candidate Tuesday — apparently because she has a criminal record — just two days after appointing her.

The party, which had to scramble to appoint candidates in four Nova Scotia ridings, has now had to deal with controversies in three of them, an inauspicious beginning to its campaign.

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