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Canadian political strategists have little to learn from their U.S. counterparts

By Angelo Persichilli      

Dangerous and empty rhetoric on both sides while avoiding discussion of real problems or policies—like increasing violent conflict, and social and economic turmoil in both the U.S. and around the world—means there isn't much to learn from the American 'gurus,' unless we are willing to become fear-mongering mud-slingers ourselves.

The communication machines behind Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are resorting to particularly harsh attacks in their political rhetoric. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons by Michael Vadon and Gage Skidmore.

TORONTO—I wasn't the only one hooked on watching the Republican Party's convention in Cleveland last week. Many Conservatives followed the convention and, while the Liberals expressed disgust at the tone of the speeches and surprise at the continued approach of throwing mud (and threats) at their opponents, they are also paying close attention to some of the political strategies used. Even though many Canadians have also expressed displeasure with what's happening in the United States, we still love them more

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