Monday, May 05, 2008

Summer tour a good idea

If we're not going to have an election this spring, then I like what I’m reading in The Hill Times for a planned summer tour of the country by Stephane Dion. And not just because I was calling for him to do this last summer.

Also positive is not only is a high-profile Quebec Liberal MP being quoted on the record in the media saying positive things about Dion and the party, but that Pablo Rodriguez and Denis Coderre are planning to role their sleeves up themselves this summer and blitz all 75 Quebec ridings on behalf of the part.

"He will be touring but a lot of us will be touring also. For Mr. Dion, it's a great opportunity to get better known. He's a man, the more you know him, the more you like him. So, being close to the people and having a chance to talk directly with Canadians will be very good," said Mr. Rodriguez.

"[The purpose of this tour is] Making sure that Canadians understand what we stand for and this is very very important for us. We have to communicate our message a little bit better and explain the key differences between us and the Conservatives on the environment on social issues."

This is the kind of on the ground grunt work we need to be doing to grow our support in the polls. That, and bringing down this government at some point soonish.

And on a lighter note, get a hold of this laugher from Conservative MP Mike Wallace:
"We have a great record to be running on in the next election. There's not one of our top five promises that they could point to that we did not move on. And on the ethics issue, in my public meeting, not one question on those issues. We have been running a solid clean proactive government since we were elected in January 2006," said Mr. Wallace.
Yeah Mike, and I’m starting at small forward next season for the Toronto Raptors.

I recognize the need to tow the party line in public, but how can people say crap like that without busting out laughing hysterically?

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11 comments:

lance said...

"how can people say crap like that without busting out laughing hysterically?"

Like this:

"He's a man, the more you know him, the more you like him."

Cheers,
lance

Lizt. said...

Does this mean there will be no election? I wondered, because the Liberals cannot ignore the Immigrant Bill..they will be toast.

wilson said...

Dion and his advisors think Libs are toast either way Lizt, or we would have had an election 3 abstentions ago.

Abdul-Rahim said...

Liberal's need to connect with voters, if only for the financial liability that the current situation holds for the party's funds.

Greg said...

Does this mean there will be no election? I wondered, because the Liberals cannot ignore the Immigrant Bill..they will be toast.

Liberals are hoping for two unlikely things. First, they are hoping to skate by on past positive associations with immigrants. Second, they are hoping that the NDP won't try to capitalize on the Liberals' support for this bill. I think they are being wildly optimistic, but we will see by the look of it.

Steve V said...

"Yeah Mike, and I’m starting at small forward next season for the Toronto Raptors."

Jeff, that's fine with me, so long as you have a low post game and can bang the offensive glass.

Wilson said...

Do what to the party line?

By the way, I'm a different Wilson than the one who posted at 10:49AM, May 5. Please don't blame him for this comment.

Socially Active said...

Calling for a full scale Liberal mutiny. First demanding accountability from all local MP', an election now, NOT in 2009.

It looks like Dion is waiting for 2009, protecting Harper's Conservatives for a full term.

By protecting Harper for a full term, I expect the Liberals and not the Conservatives to be wiped out in the 2009 federal election.

Socially Active said...

Wilson,

I have lost count, was that the budget abstention? That was when the Canadians were expecting the Liberals to force and election.

Mike514 said...

"blitz all 75 Quebec ridings"

Including the ridings without candidates? Wouldn't that be a bit awkward?

sharonapple88 said...

Including the ridings without candidates? Wouldn't that be a bit awkward?

Maybe they're hoping to find ones out there. ;) Hey, crazier things could happen.