"We need something to get the voters excited about all those damn taxes the Liberals have added!"
"Hey, I've seen people get excited on game shows. Let's do a game show!"
"Yeah, we can have one of those wheelie things that go clackety-clack!"
Here is some free election advice to the leaders of all the parties: mixing props and politics is a bad idea. It rarely works and if it does, it never works as well as you hope it will.
Tim Hudak has now begun to take his tax wheel on the road and the reporters can barely stifle their groans at its corniness.
Aside from the frivolity of the prop, characterizing McGuinty as the "Tax Man" could become a petard upon which Hudak hoists himself. It begins a conversation about fiscal reality that will eventually lead to the fact that Hudak's own numbers don't add up. Perhaps McGuinty should start running around with a prop of a giant calculator.
But Hudak isn't the worst offender at using props. At least he tried to attach real meaning to his piece. The image of Stockwell Day driving up on a jet ski wearing a skin-tight wetsuit still causes people to shiver and cringe.
The only truly effectively prop that has been employed in Canadian politics was against Stockwell day himself, when Warren Kinsella brought a stuffed Barney toy onto the set of Canada AM in 2000 to poke fun at Day's stated belief that man walked with the dinosaurs.
General rule of thumb: keep the props in the trunk.