Thursday, May 21, 2009

It used to be Ignatieff supporters comparing him to Trudeau... it's his opponents:

Car Michael Ignatieff est le leader le plus centralisateur ayant jamais pris les commandes du Parti libéral de toute son histoire, a affirmé hier soir le premier ministre dans un discours à forte saveur électorale devant quelque 2000 militants conservateurs réunis au prestigieux hôtel Le Reine-Elizabeth.Alors que les libéraux ont pris la tête dans les sondages depuis que Michael Ignatieff est à la barre du parti, Stephen Harper a soutenu que les écrits du chef libéral font de lui un élève exemplaire de Pierre Trudeau quand il s'agit des pouvoirs que doit posséder le gouvernement fédéral.

«M. Ignatieff est dans la lignée de Pierre Trudeau. Il dit lui-même que Trudeau est son mentor. Je vous invite à lire ce qu'il a dit et ce qu'il a écrit au cours des dernières décennies. Vous verrez que M. Ignatieff est en fait le chef libéral le plus centralisateur de l'histoire de notre pays», a affirmé M. Harper dans son discours d'une trentaine de minutes.

«Mes amis, souvenez-vous toujours qu'il y a un parti centralisateur, le Parti libéral. Il y a un parti des indépendantistes, le Bloc. Mais il y a un seul parti qui a cru dans le passé et qui croit toujours aujourd'hui en une nation québécoise forte au sein d'un Canada uni et c'est le Parti conservateur», a-t-il ajouté.

Translation: Stephen Harper says that Michael Ignatieff is a big fat centralizer, like Pierre Trudeau. Only worse.

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  • Oh, and the guy who invented the NEP is Iggy's economic adviser!

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 10:55 p.m.  

  • Iggy (I predict he will win the next election with either a majority, or a minority that soon becomes a majority) will not be a Trudeauite centralizer. Consider the situation he will face upon becoming PM:
    1. large deficits
    2. low interest in the environment due to the weak economy
    3. the impending end of Canada's mission to Afghanistan (and the need for much overseas attention)
    4. Quebec as Iggy's greatest area for potential growth

    Canadians will be domestically focused and too cash-strapped to launch into grand schemes. Ignatieff may be a Chretienite centralizer (he may cut transfers to the provinces), but even that probably won't happen.

    Ignatieff will essentially do nothing, save take credit for the economic recovery, and be remembered as an above average PM for it.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 7:10 a.m.  

  • Off the main topic, I love how the French word for activist or party supporter is "militant". It makes francophone politics sound so much more martial than it really is!

    By Blogger saphorr, at 8:35 a.m.  

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    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:40 p.m.  

  • Received a call from a party activist asking for donations. He cited the way that our Iggy was being trashed by the Righters. Boo Hoo!

    I told him NO! Maybe, next year. Why? These guys have produced exactly nothing except the promise to hold harper accountable. They get my money when they have a useful platform.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:40 p.m.  

  • Ohhhh PLEASE bring back the ghost of Trudeau for the next campaign.

    Please, please, PLEASE.

    "The Land is Strong, pt deux"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:31 p.m.  

  • Beware what Harper says the Liberals might do. Remember when he ran an election against the Liberal plan to tax income trusts.

    Did Mulroney give back ANY of the centralizing power seized by Trudeau? If not, then how can the Conservatives make an issue of it? Unless they're doing another "coup" accusation -- making a big deal over the oppsition doing something that he wanted to do, too.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 11:17 p.m.  

  • Here, I do not actually imagine it may work.

    By Anonymous, at 5:41 a.m.  

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