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Liberals stay clear of Senate scandal in new “Real Priorities” ad

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Justin Trudeau's Liberals release new ad (YouTube)

Right about now you couldn't blame either of the federal opposition parties if they came out with a scathing attack ad against the Conservatives.

With the ongoing Senate expense scandal, there's certainly lots of material to work with there.

And hey: you'd have to believe that, if the roles were reversed — given their history — the Tories wouldn't hesitate in producing one of their 'classic' negative missives.

[ Related: Canadians rank Senate expense scandal as more “serious” than Liberal sponsorship scandal: poll ]

But the Liberals chose a different strategy in their latest ad released late Wednesday.

Titled 'Real Priorities', the video — published on YouTube — features leader Justin Trudeau telling Canadians about his desire to help Canada's middle class.

Interestingly, not mentioning the Senate seems to be new tactic for Trudeau.

During a speech at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday, the Canadian Press reported that Trudeau "never mentioned the words Mike Duffy or the Senate."

[ Related: 'Justin factor' helps to buoy Liberals in byelection opinion polls ]

The video seems to be a counter to the Conservative Party's latest campaign targeting Trudeau's alleged lack of policy positions.

On Monday, the Tories released this statement on their website:

Justin Trudeau has a famous last name, but he lacks the judgement to be Prime Minister.

His only policy priority so far is to promote the legalization of marijuana. He wants to make it available for sale, like alcohol and tobacco. But that would dramatically increase its availability to minors and send the message that recreational drug use is acceptable.

To highlight Justin Trudeau’s policy and his lack of judgement, the Conservative Party has released ads in communities across Canada.

Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government is following a very different priority, working to help make our streets and communities safer. This includes combatting drug trafficking and grow-ops, especially in residential areas.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals don’t stop to consider the harmful effects of marijuana on users and society, especially when it comes to younger Canadians. Justin Trudeau’s plan to make marijuana more freely available without considering the consequences shows he doesn’t have the judgement to be Prime Minister. He’s in way over his head.

What do you think of the video? Will it be effective in countering the Harper Conservatives' narrative about Trudeau?

Or should the Liberals have gone 'on the attack' against the Tories about the Senate expense scandal?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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