Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On the Green Shift

From CanWest:

(Bob) Rae said the Green Shift was pursued without applying common sense, good judgment or the daily experience of ordinary people. "Politics is not about philosophy or theory," he said in an interview with Canwest News Service.

Was the Green Shift sold badly, and was the timing bad? Yes. But it was the right policy. The people have rejected it, and we need to listen to them. But the intention was pure and noble. To address the issue of the 21st Century: Reconciling the economy with the environment. Stephane Dion's heart was absolutely in the right place, and I'm proud of him for that.

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Ti-Guy said...

The people have rejected it

It's assertions like these that put Liberals in a position of weakness all the time. Ask "The People" what they understand about the economy, or the "Green Shift" for that matter. Ask 41% of "The People" why they didn't bother voting...

Stop sounding so apologetic. Move on.

burlivespipe said...

Unfortunately I think that the central complaint about the green shift will always be about the sales job - we should have left the heavy, complicated revolutionary policy for later and spent the time selling and defining Dion. I have no problem with Rae's opinion on this, although I wish he could have couched his language a little better, but i guess that's not him.
Kicking over the scorched earth isn't going to bring back flowers.

penlan said...

I agree with you on this. The problem, for me & others who will now hear Rae, Iggy, & LeBlanc is that they are saying the opposite of what they said during the election & so once again we have the image of lying politicians who did not speak the truth. Say one thing to get elected, now say the opposite to get elected. It`s nuts.