Rick Mercer Attack Ad Rant Targets American-Style Canadian Politics (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Posted: 03/28/2012 10:27 am Updated: 03/28/2012 11:14 am

Rick Mercer Rant Attack Ads
Rick Mercer rants about Conservative attack ads targeting Bob Rae and the permanent campaign strategy our politicians have adopted from America. (YouTube)

Rick Mercer is known for making fun of Americans, but in his latest rant on Conservative attack ads he turns his comedic cannons back at us.

Mercer targets a recent Tory commercial aimed at Liberal how-much-longer-are-we-going-to-have-to-keep-calling-him-interim-leader Bob Rae.

The CBC comedian laments the "new normal in Canada -- the never ending campaign" that he was hoping would disappear after the Tories won their majority. No such luck: "Welcome to hell."

But with a little more than three years left in office, Mercer wonders why the Tories are bothering to attack the leader of the third party in the Commons at all. A Conservative friend had an answer.

“Why not? We’ve got so much money we could buy every ad available in a seven-game playoff series and the Olympics, and we’d still have more money left over than all the parties combined.”

And there's the rub. We've gone American. Politics controlled by cash and elections plagued by dirty tricks have become the new norm. Except where they have checks and balances, we have practically unfettered power. Like he said, "Welcome to hell."

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