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Conservatives agree to remove attack ad spoofing "Heritage Minute" format

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a Liberal Party breakfast event in Toronto on Friday, February 1, 2019. Historica Canada is calling on the Conservative Party to remove an ad attacking Trudeau that spoofs the "Heritage Minute" format.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
February 03, 2019 - 1:11 PM

OTTAWA - The federal Conservatives say they have taken down an attack ad that spoofed the famous "Heritage Minute" format.

A party spokesman says the ad "was obviously intended as parody," but nonetheless the party will post an edited version that makes clear it was not produced by Historica Canada.

Earlier in the day, the non-profit organization known for producing the "Heritage Minute" TV spots called on the Tories to remove the ad.

It said that while Historica Canada often welcomes parodies of the format, it does not approve of them being used for partisan political purposes.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the organization describes itself as a non-partisan charity that often works with governments at various levels regardless of political affiliation.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tweeted the video, which was produced by his party, on Saturday night, saying that "Liberal scandals" are "a part of our heritage."

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