Today Canadians go to the polls in an election many predict will go the conservatives' way.
Canadian Press reports on an email "making the rounds of U.S. conservative groups" that warns American conservatives not to talk to Canadian journalists before the election.
The message says that "the Canadian media, which is trying to save the current Liberal government, has a strategy of calling conservatives in the U.S.A. in the hopes that someone will inadvertently say something that can be hung around the Conservatives."
Paul Weyrich, head of the Free Congress Foundation, says that although the message is in his name and he agrees with it, it was written by an overzealous aide.
Weyrich says he himself has been getting calls from "hostile" Canadian journalists, and is worried about other conservatives who are "not sophisticated or involved in the (political) process" who will say things "inadvertently that become a big story."
Why would liberal Canadian journalists want to get quotes from American conservatives? The message says:
"Canadian voters have been led to believe that American conservatives are scary and if the Conservative party can be linked with us, they perhaps can diminish a Conservative victory."