Liberal election rhetoric has become as predictable as the changing of the seasons, and just as sure as winter becomes spring and the swallows return to Capistrano, the election saber rattling is invariably followed by an embarrassing, emasculating climb-down.
And wax on, wax off, the cycle begins anew…
OTTAWA — Liberal leader Stéphane Dion is hinting a fall election centred around his party's Green Shift plan is on the political horizon.I hope that this time is different, and that we’ll have an election this fall. We’d better have an election this fall. But please Stephane, and all the other Liberal poo-bahs, please keep your musings to yourselves. No ponderings. No speculations. No ratcheting-up expectations. Anonymous or otherwise. We’ve been down this road before. We don’t need you quoting odds on fall elections.
Following the first of a series of election-style speeches across Eastern Ontario, Mr. Dion said the odds are increasing that he will pull the plug on the Conservative minority government.
We will continue to work inside and outside Parliament to address the concerns of Canadians, and we will force an election when the time is right. That’s all you need to say. Green shift good, environment, megatons of jobs, it’s a health issue too. Pivot to the message. Maybe toss in a little Conservative ad scam in Quebec bad.
But keep talking policy, and about the green shift. About what we’d do in government, after an election. Keep laying the groundwork for an election. Have the logistics in place. Evaluate the strategic situation and pick the right spot.
But this constant yo-yo of ratcheting-up election speculation and then dashing them…I’ve lost count how many times now…its nauseating, counterproductive and unnecessary. If you do keep going down this road, you need to follow through this time. It could be you fully intend to…and you could have fully intended to the other five times too.
Point is things could change, and since you gain nothing with rhetoric at this point that will only garner laughs AND box you into a corner, just keep your eyes on the prize, talk policy, and keep the heat on the Conservatives.
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