Wednesday, April 4, 2007

did you know: how dion travels, a far cry from the backpack...

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"Dion now travels with a full-size entourage, larger than any I've seen from a Leader of the Opposition."

Dion doesn't do it
ERIN AIRTON 24HourNews 2007-03-15

If you were listening on Monday to CBC radioman Rick Cluff's interview with embattled Federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion, you are forgiven if you spewed your breakfast over the breakfast table.

To back up a bit, each Monday morning I sit on a political panel at the CBC Vancouver studios. My partners in radio crime are two former B.C. environment ministers: Moe Sihota, a long-time NDP activist and the controversial Rafe Mair, a mentor for any aspiring radio hack in the skills of not pulling punches and having the facts on hand to back up an argument.

Because of this panel, I am fortunate to meet a wide range of other Early Edition guests, ranging from urban planners, to labour leaders and, yes, to the odd politician stumping for votes. We sit and have our coffee in the green room waiting for our time at the microphone.

Meeting politicians of different stripes is something I greatly enjoy. Because we are all in the same industry, we generally have more in common with each other than not, if one can get past the diametrically opposing views on how to govern our nation.

However, once in a while, a politician comes along who bucks the camaraderie that defines the political realm and actually buys into the spin being pushed by his staff and party.

And unfortunately, that dangerous slippery slope to the ridiculous has claimed Stephane Dion.

It all started well enough during the late November leadership. Stephane Dion looked a political marvel with his ability to skate past his far more popular rivals and claim the Liberal crown. His intellectually folksy ways seemed democratic and non-threatening. Initially voters were willing to overlook the failed environmental policy of his time in office because of the approachable aura that surrounded him.

Those days have clearly passed.

Dion now travels with a full-size entourage, larger than any I've seen from a Leader of the Opposition.

And, as he told Rick Cluff more than once, Dion feels he is the most influential Leader of the Opposition in Canadian history. Given that he's only been in the job four months, that is quite an accomplishment. Don't worry about his "common man" backpack, Dion clearly has the ego required for the role.

I'm not sure what he is trying to achieve. I would have thought that his polling numbers alone would be enough to have him revisit his failing strategy of reminding Canadians of the dismal environmental record of the Liberals. To reinforce the good work of the Conservatives - even by saying it is all his doing - is a political tactic of the desperate.

Arrogance and desperation. What a lovely combination on a Monday morning.


Scott Tribe said...

Umm.. I know you arent on Liblogs anymore, but you ARE still a Liberal aren't you, Audacious? I've seen so many attacks on Dion from you (or articles attacking Dion) I'm beginning to wonder.

I realize you have a supposed duo here.. and that 1 of the bloggers is an NDP supporter.. so I'd suggest rather then post anything under the handle "audacious" you at least give separate handles to your posts so we can see who's posting what.

audacious said...


We will forward your suggestions to the Suggestion Box.

And, yes Scott, the 'supposed duo' is one blog with two participants.

greyburr said...

I hope that suggestion box is the round one beside your desk.Maybe it is just my imagination but didn't Tribes just try to put a leash on you & tell you to get back in line for the very reasons that you left.
Perhaps he should read all your posts as I have found your opinions /comments regardless of the subject more informative,insightfull,enjoyable & fair.

audacious said...

You are pretty good ...
as you can see, when they say jump, i jump .... lol