December 17, 2007

Baird’s Bali Buffoonery May Stick

The antics of the Canadian delegation at Bali may come back to haunt them come election time, especially if Stephane Dion is willing to capitalize.

Last week, the green lobby was out in full force, embarrassing Baird and Canada at every occasion. The Liberals can fear-monger that Harper is Bush’s bitch all they want, but when usually tame diplomats are saying it, it is beginning to make one wonder how much Stephen Harper is willing to let Canada’s reputation sink.

I have always said that the environment would never make people switch their vote. I stand by that. The economy, jobs, and taxes will always dominate people’s choices at the polls, with social programs not far behind. Another issue which ranks very highly is Canada’s reputation abroad, which thanks to John Baird which took one hell of a beating in Bali, vaulting the environment into the voters' conscience

Canada’s reputation abroad is valued very highly among average Canadians, and Stephane Dion needs to emphasize this more than anything when he sets off on his campaign to become Prime Minister early next year.

When NDP voters head to the booths next year, will they check the NDP box, knowing they may elect Harper as Prime Minister? A minority Parliament can only blunt the Tories to a certain extent. For foreign affairs and action on the environment, a vote for the NDP is a vote for Harper’s position.

One politician who understands this is Green leader Elizabeth May. With Bali in the news, the Greens have entered into double digits. May knows full well that she wants Dion as Prime Minister but is aware her votes may cost him the coveted position. May’s call against vote splitting come election time will bode well for the Liberals and may just be Jack Layton’s worst nightmare, worse than a resurgent Green Party.

Like Chantal Hebert said this morning, Bali shifted the environmental issue to the future, where the Tories (and I add the NDP) can no longer focus on Liberal inaction.

For voters most concerned with the future of our environment, Stephane Dion becomes the top choice by default...


1 Commentaires:

Blogger will26 a dit...

Meh, not a single note of talk about this at any of the water coolers I frequent. I think it has something to do with Canadians not really giving a crap what envirofreaks say about us. Seriously, Bali was buried on page 13 after 12 pages of the SNOW STORM of the century...

12/19/2007 12:33 a.m.  

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