The federal Conservatives flexed some muscle for the opposition parties yesterday, unveiling their national campaign headquarters and rolling out fresh attack ads against Liberal leader Stephane Dion.
Conservative Cabinet ministers continued to insist they do not want an election, even though some polls show the Harper government near the 40% mark in support, generally considered enough for a majority. But just in case the opposition gets any ideas, the party gave the media a tour of its campaign headquarters -- already being dubbed the "Stephen Bunker" by some reporters.
The Liberals, meanwhile, are calling it a "17,000-square-foot fear factory." Liberal MP David McGuinty accused the Conservatives of spending more time intimidating the opposition than governing. "They fully intend to defeat themselves at the first opportune moment. It's clear they don't want to do the job."
On the outside, the nerve centre looks like just another drab office building in this city's east end. Campaign headquarters is located on the second floor. At more than 17,000 square feet, it is considerably larger than the base used by the Tories in the last election. It includes a television studio, training facilities and a war room.
In the main strategy room, work stations with flat-screen computers have been set up for everything from "candidate support" to "direct voter contact." The walls are blanketed with posters of Mr. Harper. Source...