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Canadian Election Gets Down and Redolent of Loam

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The tag line at the Canadian Conservative Party's Web Site, attacking Liberal party candidate Stephane Dion seems oddly 19th century:

"Canada cannot afford risky experiments at a time of uncertainty."

It's as if Obama were to say, "My opponent's steadiness of purpose is challenged by recent announcements seemingly at odds with this character," or if McCain were to state, "To what end shall our nation proceed if driven by hands untested by trial?"

The Conservative site does feature "MyCampaign", a "virtual campaign office" that lets you write letters to editors, recruit friends, call talk radio, and engage in other acts of personal broadcasting. As far as I can see, there's no actual social networking available.

The Liberal party site does some Ajax-y launch-on-hover things, and has a prominent link to Facebook where Dion has 12,000 supporters. The page was updated on December 14, June 19, and August 19. The Liberal's YouTube page leads with a video of a slow clap for nature, posted two months ago.

The NDP's Facebook page has 13,000 supporters and a campaign video uploaded yesterday, although the updates have been about monthly. And the NDP has been twittering. Well, to be exact, they've tweeted three times, but once was six minutes ago. They have 169 followers, but are following 151, creating an amazing following-to-follower relationship that they can only hope will not be sustainable in the long run.

(And, yes, although I'm being snarky about the Canadian Web sites' campaign rhetoric, I do prefer it to America's.)