Paul Wells sums it up nicer than I can frame it, but the basic idea is the same. Whenever a communications staffer or a politician tells me that we need to either avoid talking about a particular item or we just need to "simplify" (read: "Dumb down") or we need to just get the right message....I think something like this
I honestly believe Harper is better at the arts of political communication than the first-mandate Chrétien Liberals were. Or rather, he would be if he bothered to try. I can't decide whether that shows a lack of faith in Canadians, or in his own ideas.