Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Few More Tricks For This Pony

The fear among a lot of Liberals I've talked to is that Dion will run on the environment and nothing but, during the next campaign. Given that putting all one's eggs into one basket, no matter how eco-friendly that basket is, likely isn't a great strategy, today's speech by Dion is certainly a little reassuring. Some economic policy, money for innovation, money for education...sounds good to me. Obviously you don't give away the specifics now (gotta get headlines during a campaign, after all), but at least it shows he's thinking about more than Kyoto.

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19 Comments:

  • There's no way Dion will run a one-issue green campaign - even if he'd ever intended to do so, he would have realized by the time an election arrived that it wasn't going to pan out. He'll be more of a challenger than anyone thinks right now (even me, probably!).

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 6:38 PM  

  • The 'generation thing' has a familiar ring to it? I think I heard it once before.Ah yes,now I remember 'we will fix health care for the next generation'At least Dion didn't say the priority word or did he.I hope Dion can flesh out his overall generalizations when the hard questions are asked,because Pauls press announcement policys couldn't!

    By Blogger greyburr, at 6:55 PM  

  • I'm not going to jump into the debate about strategy but I really did like the messaging that came out of today's speech.

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 7:11 PM  

  • This week again I was reminded of what turns me off MOST politicians: They try to buy us with our own money.

    Even though the $1B was much needed, I knew it was done not because it was the RIGHT thing to do, but because it was the POLITICAL thing to do.

    Canadians need to be reminded that it is our hard earned money that Santa Harper is giving away when he donates $B of political presents across this land the next 2 weeks.

    Canadians need to be reminded that it was wise, Liberal stewardship from the past decade that made such a surplus possible.

    I fear a Conservative majority after the giveaway.

    I suggest the Liberals and NDP create an alternative budget (one the Bloc would accept as well) and present it to the governor general. The Conservatives got 36.2% of the vote and 124 seats in 2006. The Liberals and NDP got 47.6% of the vote and 132 seats in 2006.

    There is no need for a third election. In a vote of non-confidence the Liberals and NDP should be ready to take over!

    MississaugaPeter

    By Blogger Peter, at 8:05 PM  

  • I agree with Dan.

    Good move, good messages, good speech.

    This campaign, and this leader, has barely begun

    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 8:54 PM  

  • You're on CBC, Dan!

    "He's in the same boat that Stephen Harper was..."

    Hehe, nothing beats Harper in the black leather fest and cowboy hat (except maybe Duceppe's hair net).

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 9:17 PM  

  • the speech was terrible. same old, same old.

    but Calgary Grit on CBC's the National? Now that's exciting! Way to go!

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:18 PM  

  • Yup CG got the CBC to put up that picture of the cowboy suit again! I think the Liberals just went up 5 points!

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 9:28 PM  

  • Actually, the environment issue has the greatest potential to transform Canadian society/economy.

    Here's an example where national+local determination makes a difference.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/08/eveningnews/main2549273.shtml

    The problem is that Dion lacks time to make it work.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:02 PM  

  • Sorry,

    This is the full link

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/08/eveningnews/main2549273.shtml

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:06 PM  

  • And by "leather fest", of course, I meant to say "leather vest".

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 10:18 PM  

  • Months ago Dion announced that he's asked Rae to write the new Red Book.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 1:44 AM  

  • Is Bob Rae going to subtitle the Red Book "How to Lead a Political Jurisdiction into Economic Ruin is Five Easy Steps" by Bob Rae

    By Blogger Chris, at 12:33 PM  

  • No.

    By Blogger Crabgrass, at 1:10 PM  

  • Peter, your post makes no sense. The billion dollars you claim Harper is blowing was money promised by the Liberal's in March 2004 and never delivered. Harper delivered it, and indeed it is badly needed.

    The promised goodies are done by all parties, particularly the one in power, when there is an upcoming budget and possible election looming.

    Just look at Martin and Goodale in November of 2005 before the Liberal's had even lost the confidence vote.

    By Blogger paulsstuff, at 1:20 PM  

  • Paulsstuff,

    I was disguested by Martin's attempt to do the same 15 months ago. From childcare programs to aboriginal initiatives, all much needed, all only done just prior to an election.

    The Conservatives are nothing but conservative when they are playing Santa with our hard earned money.

    The last Conservative prime minister raised the accumulated national debt from $130B to $450B in 9 years. We pay $30B+/year in interest to cover most of that debt.

    The NDP has listed what they want in the budget. It is time for Dion to work with Layton to make it happen.

    MississaugaPeter

    By Blogger Peter, at 3:13 PM  

  • I like Peter's thinking.

    That would really cool the Conservative jets if the opposition parties offered to form the government when the Conservatives are defeated.

    If that coalition could last 12 to 18 months before breaking up, it would serve everyone well.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 5:11 PM  

  • If that coalition could last 12 to 18 months before breaking up, it would serve everyone well."


    My understanding is once Harper hit the 12-month mark it took away that option. When the government does fall the GG will call an election.

    I think there could be some backlash by that anyways.Harper could paint the Liberal's as being power hungry and doing anything to get back in office.

    By Blogger paulsstuff, at 7:46 PM  

  • Paulsstuff,

    I agree with your statement "I think there could be some backlash by that anyways. Harper could paint the Liberal's as being power hungry and doing anything to get back in office."

    Two points:

    1. It really depends how it is presented to Canadians. And how the media handles it. For example, $150M presents in Alberta should not be good optics but Santa Harper is getting away with it.

    2. The possibility of a Conservative majority (with almost dictatorial power) is something to be feared. For example, Harper's endorsement of the North American Union...

    http://www.immigrationwatchdog.com/?p=3112

    MississaugaPeter

    By Blogger Peter, at 1:24 AM  

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