January 4, 2007

Dion Adopts Winning Strategy…Promises Campaign on the Economy

The Liberal reaction to the cabinet shuffle was quite predictable. The Bloc called it cosmetic. I am sure Jack Layton will be outraged too.

Stephane Dion defended the Liberal record on the environment saying that in 1993, the Liberals had other priorities like fixing the mess the Tories left behind. While we’ve heard John Baird say something similar about the Liberals, the Tories cannot dispute the fact that the Liberals handled the economy very well.

If Canadians agree that the shift in the economy to a sustainable economy is a priority for our future, Liberals can honestly be trusted to move forward on that, where the Tories cannot. The NDP can do nothing but bitch. The Bloc…will block!

We still need to move forward on other issues but this major shift in campaign policy is a very welcome gesture.

15 Commentaires:

Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

Well.. I think the fact Antonio has published a blog statement praising a Dion statement is more newsworthy then the Globe publishing in prominent display the fact Alexandre Trudeau had a baby son two week ago and named him after his late father.

1/04/2007 3:37 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Jane Taber is not a journalist!

1/04/2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger andrewridgeley a dit...

Antonio,

Put a photo above your comment and you can sell it at Sotheby's as a modern take on René Magritte.

1/04/2007 4:02 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

haha Andrew

"ceci n'est pas une pipe" has a whole other meaning for me

lol

1/04/2007 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

This really isn't a shift at all. Dion has been linking the economy to the environmentall along.

1/04/2007 4:21 PM  
Blogger wilson61 a dit...

The Environment is so 'yesterday'.
Today the economy,
tomorrow???
Martin would have done the 'address Western alienation or I will have considered my term a failure' thing...
followed with:
Fixing healthcare for a generation and
First Nations are my #1 priority..

1/04/2007 4:47 PM  
Blogger s.b. a dit...

First of all Dion has had a winning stategy fro quite some time without your help Anonio. That's why he won. Second of all, Dion will have no trouble defening his record as environment minister against the Tories, again without your help or assessment.

Liberal children booing other candidates isn't something Mr. Dion would ever have adopted as a strategy, unlike the candidate you supported who didn't win.

1/04/2007 4:59 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

With all due respect Shoshana

I have always spoken what was on my mind, even during the Martin years.

Rob, this is a shift, and a wonderful one. Dion was always talking about the environmental side of the issue, which is much less of a seller at the polls, AND frankly, not a strong part of our record.

The economic side of the issue is the one that Liberals have a MUCH ebtter track record on.

In Toronto during leadership, when Dion was questioned on the Liberal record, he responded "You do not know of what you speak about."

Luckily, we have moved on to a much better strategy that has the potential to bring over much more votes.

This is a shift, and it is a good one!

1/04/2007 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Sorry Antonio, you're off the mark on this one.

Dion has always tied the environment into the economy. Throughout the campaing he focussed on building a sustainable economy.

Although the msm wanted to label him the environmental candidate, what he was (and is) the three pillars candidate, one of which is the economy.

You'll note that Dion's speech in regards to the importance of the environment was entitled "the future of our economy".

I also recall a one-on-one interview where Dion was called the environment candidate by the interviewer, and he disagreed, saying that what he was focussing on is a sustainable economy.

If you didn't notice this throughout the campaign, you're not alone; like I said, the msm usually focussed on the environment with Dion without properly explaining his pitch.

1/04/2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger cat mutant a dit...

shoshana is back from the dead!

shoshana, the leadership convention is over. dion won. stop being bitter towards antonio and others who didnt support dryden.

as for antonio's childish behavior... i would ask that you start setting the example. grow up. seriously.

1/04/2007 11:08 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

so only the hardcore Dion supporters think Dion was saying this all along?

sorry guys I dont buy it.

I know it was all part of his three pillars but at no time during the race did he say we should run on the sustainable economy. Not once.

It was all about what he did as a minister and his stupid dog.

Point is, this is a strategy that the liberals can employ with success, and im happy we are going with it

1/05/2007 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

so only the hardcore Dion supporters think Dion was saying this all along?

No, just people who were paying attention.


I know it was all part of his three pillars but at no time during the race did he say we should run on the sustainable economy. Not once.

Check out this interview from October 8th.

Skip ahead to somewhere around the 3 min. 30 Sec. mark.

Around the 4 min. mark the interviewer asks:

"Is the environment the main focus of your approach?"

Dion: "No. The main focus is the economy. But the economy, in order to be profitable in the 21st century must be sustainable."

Hopefully in the face of indisputable evidence you will have the good sense to make a mea culpa post.

;-)

1/05/2007 12:31 AM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Sigh

Here is Dion from the Toronto Star less than a week before convention.

I will put it all up. My source is the Stephane Dion Website. The site is littered with similar citations saying the opposite of "we must run on the economy".

Anyway Rob, if anything, you've proven he didnt really know what his priority was. sigh, this was the first time I've praised Dion for something and it has turned to this.

3) I will add a third pillar, environmental sustainability, to the Liberal approach. The world is beginning to realize that the planet cannot withstand the demands we ask of it. The challenge of this century will be to reconcile our need for growth with the limits of the planet. I will make that challenge a fundamental pillar of the party. We must reduce our carbon emissions, not in the distant future, but today. The energy industry is waiting for government leadership.

Last week, the CEO of Shell Canada said that investments in carbon capture and storage could give Canadian industry a competitive advantage, but energy companies are waiting for a signal from the government before pursuing the necessary technology.

The time has come to provide that signal.

A strategy for corporate Canada is not enough to address climate change.

As Liberal leader and prime minister, I would ask every Canadian to help the environment by helping themselves.

From rebates on energy-efficient appliances to tax incentives for home retrofits, I have proposed initiatives that would let an average family of four save $1,000 a year on its energy bill.

I will unite the country, by returning Canada to its sense of purpose. Our appeal to unity is strongest when we ground it in common purpose. Throughout Canada's history, Quebecers have always shared in our challenges and our triumphs - building this country, shaping its institutions, and defining its identity.

Now we face the new challenge of sustainable development. There is no question we must answer that challenge. Rather, our question to every Canadian must be, will we answer this challenge together?

Will we each lend our unique strengths, our skills and our energies, to make Canada once more a leader in the world?

Because the alternative - that we would squander our resources, our potential, on a divisive debate that improves the lives of none of our children - is indefensible.
Canada is bound only by the limits of our common ambition. At this week's convention, I will ask Liberals to unite our country in the best tradition of our party - by offering Canadians something to believe in."

What approach is that Rob? You still have more credibility than Cherniak. Let's keep it that way.

1/05/2007 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Antonio, wtf are you talking about?

You said this: I know it was all part of his three pillars but at no time during the race did he say we should run on the sustainable economy. Not once.

On that point, as I originally said, you are wrong.

Is there something ambiguous about the following exchange:

"Is the environment the main focus of your approach?"

Dion: "No. The main focus is the economy. But the economy, in order to be profitable in the 21st century must be sustainable."


Was there anything ambiguous about Dion's speech that I linked to in my first comment?

You say this now: Anyway Rob, if anything, you've proven he didnt really know what his priority was.

Wtf are you talking about? All I've proven is that you didn't pay very close attention to the substance of Dion's campaign. It's not that big of a deal; he was clearly your least favourite candidate, so I'm not surprised that you didn't give him a fair shake.

Does Dion talk about the environment? Of course. That doesn't change the fact that his main theme is always the sustainable economy.

There is no need to worry about my credibility here; you made a mistake, I pointed it out, and you pouted instead of acknowledging it.

You would have had a lot more credibility if you would have just admitted you were wrong. Stop letting your stubborness get in the way of your rationality.


Before you reply I want you to take a deep breath and contemplate the following:

1) You said that at no time during the race did Dion say we should run on the sustainable economy. Not once.

2) Now you've seen written and video evidence of Dion stating that his main focus is the sustainable economy.


Stop pouting. Everyone is wrong from time to time. It's usually best just to acknowledge it and move on.

1/06/2007 12:29 AM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Haha,

I am one of the only bloggers to concede when I make a mistake,

I was wrong when I said he did not say it once.

But if you think he ran around campaigning on this the whole time, you are sorely mistaken.

1/06/2007 12:52 AM  

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