December 5, 2006

I Guess This Would Be In Order

Congratulations Stephane Dion on the hard fought win.

Throughout your time as minister, you always surpassed expectations and did your job with the utmost dignity and respect.

You always stood for your values and beliefs, even stubbornly at times. As a stubborn person myself, I admire that.

You, unlike several people who frequent this site, have heeded the call to take the views of others into account and have met with all the defeated candidates.

Yesterday’s caucus meeting was another example of how you are ready to take the helm of this national institution.

I will always be a Liberal, no matter who leads our party. You have done our party well. You have done this country well. You are a great Liberal. Not a Stephane Dion Liberal, but a Liberal, rouge through and through.

The task will be difficult in Quebec, as over three quarters of Quebecers voted for your opponent, including those of your kingmaker Gerard Kennedy. Our fears as Quebec Liberals did not appear overnight. They will also not go away overnight.

In the end, this exercise was all about listening. I have faith in you Mr Dion, that you will listen, and do the right thing, for Quebec and for Canada.

13 Commentaires:

Blogger Sinestra a dit...

Better.

12/05/2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

Welcome back.

12/05/2006 11:23 AM  
Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

I was impressed that Dion put all the leadership candidates on the front benches, and gave Iggy the chance to ask the 2nd question at Question Period. Very classy.

12/05/2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger Smok Wawelski a dit...

Hi Antonio, I think your fears about Mr. Dion's chances in Quebec are misplaced.
Chretien, supposedly the most hated man in Quebec, by the time he left office, had given the Liberals the majority of seats in Quebec. The Bloc was on the run.
Chretien's most successful election was 2000, just after the Clarity Act became law, and where Duceppe ran an utterly flawless campaign.
Dion is far better placed than Chretien to make gains.
I believe Dion is the intellectual superior to Gilles Duceppe, who might be starting to wear thin on voters, since the next election will be his fifth, with nothing to show for it.
I think there;s a minimum gain of 9 seats for certain in Quebec, and possibly more. The sure bets are: Brossard-Laprairie, Brome-Missisquoi, Papineau, Jeanne Leber, Gatineau, Ahuntsic,Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyaou & Pontiac. Strong possibilities are, Vaudreuil Soulanges, Beauharnois Salaberry, Compton-Stanstead, Shefford,Chicoutimi-Le Fjord & laval.
I can see the Tories holding their Beauce/Appalaches/Quebec/Levis Chateau-forts.
There are several other seats in play, and the Bloc may very well find itself below 37 seats total, and thus lose majority status in Quebec once again. In that case, it's Duceppe's last kick at the can, and it is downhill from there.
Assuming that scenario plays out as I have said, once again, neither the Liberals nor the Tories will have a majority.
I think Under Dion, the Liberals will make gains at the expense of Green and the NDP in BC, Saskatchewan, manitoba and Ontario, so the Libs and Tories will be neck & neck.
Two more factors to consider: IF Quebecois see it breaking that way, they may abandon the Bloc in droves, either to help Harper stop Dion, or come out in favour of the homeboy.
Duceppe is up against two formidable intellects. No Paul Martin as opponent this time, and Adscam is off the table now, so I'd say this is the worst possible outcome Duceppe could have had.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised, Antonio.

12/05/2006 11:38 AM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

WestmountLiberal

Where exactly did I go?

12/05/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

smok

Im sorry but you make me laugh every time.

This from the guy wwho proposed lieutenant Justin Trudeau.

Don't make me have to opine on something so ridiculous fo fear I will look disloyal

12/05/2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger Smok Wawelski a dit...

Antonio, I have a history of being right on Canadian elections.

in '06 I predicted a major breakthrough for the Tories in Quebec, and pegged all the sests they won, except Charlesbourg where they took down Richard Marceau, and I made one wrong call, I thought Andrea Payne might win in Lac St.Louis.
I also predicted all the Liberal losses, except Ahuntsic.
If, after the next election I have to eat crow, please send me some Dijon mustard to go along with it!

12/05/2006 12:22 PM  
Blogger Smok Wawelski a dit...

Antonio,

one of the main reasons I asked Stephane Dion to run back in February was because I have always strongly believed that he is te best equipped of any possible leader in all parties to send the Bloc to the trashcan of history.

laugh all you want...

12/05/2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger K-Dough a dit...

Bravo!

12/05/2006 1:46 PM  
Blogger anybody but iggy a dit...

If only you didn't stick caveats and qualifiers at the end of all your posts, you would have achance at sounding sincere.
Nobody has worked harder at helping Quebec than Dion, especially not you candidate, who was not here for constitutional crises 1 and 2, nor referendums 1 and 2.
You don't need to preface everything by saying that you are still convinced Dion cannot win in QC.
How do you explain the huge jump in our poll numbers as soon as he got elected?
Come on, now.

12/05/2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger brem a dit...

a huge jump in the polls, outside quebec

12/05/2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger JimTan a dit...

Last night, Rex Murphy of CBC had some amazing things to say. He described Dion as “decent’, and he heaped accolades on that quality.

Then, he laid the ghost of Chretien’s era to rest. Is it really over?

12/05/2006 4:31 PM  
Blogger dollard_liberal a dit...

Antonio

I am sure we will meet again as election volunteers, this time in Honoré-Mercier.

Let the good times roll baby

12/05/2006 9:40 PM  

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