Those of us who have seen the Libs focus much of this year on criticizing the Cons' partisan advertising might be rather surprised to learn they don't think there's any room to cut or redirect any current federal spending, and in fact consider it offensive that anybody might suggest such room exists.
But on a closer look, there's actually a consistent theme behind the Libs' message. While their petition on advertising criticizes the Cons for wasteful spending, it doesn't promise to change anything other than to create a new commissioner position to oversee future publicity - meaning that it could simply increase the cost of continuing ad spending.
So let's see if we can summarize the opposition parties' take on the hundreds of millions of dollars the Cons have spent on government advertising.
The NDP sees a waste of public money which could be put to better uses, and asks "why not stop?"
On the other hand, the Libs refuse to consider whether cuts might be appropriate, and ask "why not pay more?"
So which of those seems like the more appropriate response? It's up to Canadians to decide.