Saturday, February 02, 2008

Chrétien backs Dion on Central Nova/May alliance

I knew that Jean Chrétien have a speech last week in Nova Scotia, but I'd missed these comments about the decision not to run a candidate against Green Party leader Elizabeth May in Central Nova:

Chrétien, who delivered the annual Allan J. MacEachen lecture in politics at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, was asked what he thought about Dion's strategy not to field a candidate against Green party Leader Elizabeth May.

He said the rules permit Dion to take that approach.

"It's part of your responsibility; you're the leader, too. If you sit back and everyone tells you what to do, what the hell to be the leader for?" Chrétien said, to laughter from the audience.

"You should have a few ideas of your own. So, if you have the power, you use that."

Ah, Jean. Hearing from Chrétien reminds me of just how boring the political discourse has become in this country. We could use a little Chretien-style smackdown on the nervous nellies these days, me thinks.

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1 comment:

Burton, Formerly Kingston said...

I agree it is well with in his authority and the people well decided if its right or wrong during the next election.