Canadian Tories scrap picture of pooping puffin

Tue Sep 9, 2008 10:55am EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's ruling Conservative Party have removed an image of a puffin dropping bird-poo on the shoulder of Liberal leader Stephane Dion after complaints that it was a bit too much of a dirty trick.

A Conservatives' Web sites, notaleader.ca, showed an animated puffin flying across the screen and plopping a white blob on the shoulder of Dion.

"It was in poor taste, and was removed as soon as it came to the attention of senior campaign officials," said Harper spokesman Kory Teneycke. The image was up for less than 10 hours. Another official said Harper never saw the website.

In the new web site, the puffin still flies behind Dion, who the Conservatives portray as weak and out of touch, but it has cleaned up its act.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Janet Guttsman)

 
<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion stands in front of la arge photo of himself on his election campaign bus prior to a television interview on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>