Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Da Speech, Da Speech

Just got back from Dion's big Toronto speech (although you wouldn't know it was Toronto given the way he was playing to Quebec voters hard during it). All in all, a solid effort - lots of passion, a touch of empathy, and his English wasn't that bad. Most importantly, he went hard against Harper on the economy which is really all he should be talking about over the final week. A few random notes:

-Radwanski and Kinsella have live blog recaps.

-Dion got 7 standing ovations in what was a very Liberal-friendly room (four of them were before he spoke).

-Dion's biggest ovation line of the meal: "I may not speak English as well as Mr. Harper, but I speak the truth better". How Chretien-esque.

-Paul Martin has become Dion's very own Ed Broadbent...he got name dropped 3 or 4 times during the speech and gave the introduction. As much as I've criticized Paul in the past, I do think there is some value in rolling him out strategically to hype the Liberal economic record. Yes, you read that right. Calgary Grit is advocating more Paul Martin.

-Dion's conclusion, where he personalized why he got into politics and talked about his family was his best part of the speech, although I doubt it will make the news clips. It's a shame the closing statements got cut from the debates because that would have worked very well for him.



  • Thanks to harper, dion may be around a little longer. Grumble! Grumble!

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:57 PM  

  • HAH! Love the label. I used to be in Outremont riding and Lapierre was my ghastly MP for a spell.

    Anyway, I only caught the last bit of this speech on the CBC live stream (catching two standing o's) but Dion confirmed my hypothesis of yesterday that he has got his mojo back.

    Side note: I am propogating the meme that the Cons have unwittingly conjured up a new campaign slogan for themselves:

    "Tank By Tuesday" (or if you prefer to acronym it as TNT, "Tank Next Tuesday!!")

    They sure appear to be working hard toward that end.

    By Blogger Scott in Montreal, at 3:11 PM  

  • I have this to say:

    I know Ed Broadbent sir and Paul Martin is no Ed Broadbent.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 PM  

  • Why is Dion in Toronto ?

    There must be ridings in more trouble somewhere or are the internal Liberal polls showing doom in Fortress Toronto ?

    By Blogger Fred, at 4:27 PM  

  • He was there for the Canadian Club speech...just like Harper yesterday. I believe he's flying off to the Maritimes tonight.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:03 PM  

  • Dion says he speaks the truth better than Harper...Huh? I remember Trudeau lying to Canadians. I remember Chrietian lying to Canadians. I remember Martin Lying to Canadians. I am not old enough to remember Pearson. He probably did it too. Canadians would be foolish to trust Dion to tell the truth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:52 PM  

  • All PMs have lied in some capacity; I can't say that Mulroney is more known for honesty than the Liberal PMs you mention.

    CG: Wow, the race is shaking up - it's certainly becoming more exciting, with a few more possible outcomes showing up. It's good stuff to watch.

    By Blogger Bo Green, at 7:01 PM  

  • I heard that Dion had a crowd of 300. Pretty good considering the Man can't speak english. Harper had only 1000 the day before.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:05 PM  

  • Dion is on CBC Newsworld claiming that the Liberal Party is not running any negative ads.

    And Peter Mansbridge couldn't be bothered to call him on it.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 7:16 PM  

  • When did the truth become negative? In other news, Steve has a mom, how quaint. Biggest choke in Canadian election history. Steve is going to lose to the most pathetic leader in the history of the western world. If Dion is not a leader, and Steve loses, what does that make Steve?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 PM  

  • And now I see Dosanjh on NewsWorld promising to exempt BC from the Liberal Carbon Tax ("There will be no double taxation"). Is this for real? Or are the Liberals just making up policy as they go?

    McCallum promises in his platform briefing to Liberal insiders that he'll find a few billion in government savings, probably cutting a bunch from military spending. Dion promises on TV that military spending will not be cut.

    What is the Liberal Party policy? What are they campaigning on?

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 2:14 AM  

  • Liberal Party Policy: Say whtaever will get us elected. The truth be damned.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 AM  

  • Spin, bored little Tory war roomers! Spiiiin!

    (But don't you have better things to do? Like cobbling together more "platforms" from whatever detritus Bush and Howard tossed out as irrelevant?)

    Anyway, you know how you can tell these guys are ops? They have Blogger accounts, but not blogs themselves. Most people are as eager to make their own comments as they are to comment on other blogs, and Blogger does a great job of pushing you in the direction of creating your own stuff.

    Yet guys like "Paul" and "Fred"? Nothing. No links, nothing in their profile, nothing.


    Because they only signed up to spin people like Calgrit here.

    Sad, really. All that opportunity, and they waste it on trying to "work the ref" on LIBERAL BLOGS, of all things.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 10:53 AM  

  • That's right, Demo, everyone who disagrees with you must be getting paid to do it.

    There are plenty of blogs out there on either side whose comment sections are either mindless echo chambers or mindless flame wars. Why must you try to ruin one of the few good ones?

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 3:32 AM  

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