“‘Stephen Harper isn’t perfect’: New Tory message raises eyebrows online” (CBC News)

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said he's 'not perfect' in an interview with Peter Mansbridge that aired Monday. That same message appears in a new Tory ad. (CBC News/Conservative Party of Canada/YouTube)

CBC News:

Stephen Harper isn’t perfect, according to a new Conservative ad uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.

The 30-second spot features a series of Canadians talking about their concerns regarding the economy.

“The NDP? They can’t manage money. And they don’t understand that business creates jobs,” says one man. Another says, “Justin’s promising to run deficits. Deficits! He says deficits are good.”

Toward the end of the video an elderly woman then comments on Harper.

“Stephen Harper isn’t perfect, but when it comes to the economy — we can depend on him.”

Harper has since echoed the statement.

“I am who I am. Canadians know me. I’m not perfect. But I’m dedicated to my country, I love my country. I think I’ve done as good a job as I can do,” Harper told CBC’s Peter Mansbridge in an interview that aired Monday night.

The “not perfect” slogan raised a few eyebrows on Twitter. Several people noticed a similarity with messaging used by Rob Ford. Some cracked ‘Peegate’ jokes. And hairdo jokes. Others saw the ad as a sign the Tories are in trouble. But many saw a calculated strategy. Most just laughed.