Abandon Shift!

In Winnipeg today, Stephane Dion gave his stump speech but Bob Fife from CTV noticed that it was lacking something. Fife noticed that Dion only mentioned “Green Shift” once in his speech and did not mention the carbon tax once. The CTV reporter asked if the Green Shift was still central to the campaign. Dion responded, “You have said it was but never me”

Stephane Dion in the Kingston Whig-Standard July 26th 2008,

“The answer is yes. It [the Green Shift plan] is at the heart of our strategy but it’s not our whole strategy.”

When was the last time a party leader, running to become Prime Minister framed an issue as a referendum as an election period? That would have been Brian Mulroney with free trade. I cannot remember the last time an opposition leader has done so, and for Dion to abandon his central policy plank mid-campaign, Liberals and Canadians will lose confidence in the man during an election which is also defined by leadership.

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  • batb

    Yeah, GR-8 graphic, Stephen!

    I think, East of Eden, that Helen's with us. She's gobsmacked by Dion's abandoning the ship…I mean his Green Shaf…I mean, his Green Shift.

  • East of Eden

    Oh, I figured that. I was being, perhaps, a bit too tongue in cheek poking fun at the Liberals and their anti-Harper tirades. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression.

  • East of Eden

    Helen, I was actually poking fun at the Liberals and not at you, in case it appeared that way. I am with you all the way although, to be honest, vascillation is a way of life for the Liberals so, although I'm surprised that Dion would abandon his party's entire plank, I'm not surprised that he waffled. I have the sneaking suspicion that Ignatieff and Rae had had enough of the Dion and Turner Green Shaft show and stepped in to take the wheel before Dion and Turner sank the entire party.

  • Liz J

    Really funny to watch the Liberal campaign unfold with Dion’s main plank becoming their Hidden Agenda.

    Also funny how they trot into Toronto/ Millerville and go on a rant about banning hand guns and getting tough on crime, after another spate of shootings in that place.
    Did anyone spot Mayor Miller standing with them? Every time a gun shot is fired in his city, Miller pops out of his hole like a Gopher and demands handguns be banned, then back he goes until he hear another bang.

    Their Shift isn’t working so it appears they’re getting down and dirty, something Dion pledged he would not stoop to.
    As an example there’s an attack ad on Ritz and they’re taking advantage of the Listeriosis deaths in an attack ad which was posted on “Blue like You” blog yesterday. Disgraceful

  • Liz J

    Really funny to watch the Liberal campaign unfold with Dion’s main plank becoming their Hidden Agenda.

    Also funny how they trot into Toronto/ Millerville and go on a rant about banning hand guns and getting tough on crime, after another spate of shootings in that place.
    Did anyone spot Mayor Miller standing with them? Every time a gun shot is fired in his city, Miller pops out of his hole like a Gopher and demands handguns be banned, then back he goes until he hear another bang.

    Their Shift isn’t working so it appears they’re getting down and dirty, something Dion pledged he would not stoop to.
    As an example there’s an attack ad on Ritz and they’re taking advantage of the Listeriosis deaths in an attack ad which was posted on “Blue like You” blog yesterday. Disgraceful

  • Jon

    batb,

    While I agree with much of what you say, I have to caution the increasing use of “LAWS” to solve partisan contributions, no matter how nefarious. If Jason C's message board said we need to limit the contributions of partisan Conservatives we'd be up in arms.

    The best way to get rid of this problem is to do exactly what Stephen, SDA and other Canadian bloggers are doing; expose the bias and be a trusted news source. I don't believe what much of the CBC has to say because of the exposure that these blogs have provided.

    Please say no to more laws,

  • http://www.nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/75/9081#comment_9876 Taylor Cutforth

    Heh, they got propagandists constantly posting over and over again on the nanos polling site.
    I help disprove their radical and ignorant claims fairly often. Heres what I had to say regarding the Mcguinty Liberal's claims against the Harris/Eves PC governments.

    http://nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/83/10944

    I've sent more of this out to get an even closer look at some of the numbers.
    I know the PC budget papers prove to be true given how long they were in and how controversial some of their policies may of been, and with that in mind, you would think if they were lying people would of said something given the misguided anti-harris like disposition amongst some.

    But the whole “structural deficit” crap came from the Liberals and not an out side source, though they say “erik Peters ->projected<- the next government would inherit a $5billion deficit” I have not heard it from the man himself. Besides, a deficit doesn't mean much when you've accomplished so much for the province and its not a continuing downward spiral and you've manage to offset the deficit with how much you've spend down the debt itself, thus lowering the amount of money paid out to debt interest.

    Compare the numbers to what the PC's inherited from the Bob Rae NDP.

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontario

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/paccts/

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontario

    Follow the first link for more information in my nanos posts.

  • Jon

    batb,

    While I agree with much of what you say, I have to caution the increasing use of “LAWS” to solve partisan contributions, no matter how nefarious. If Jason C's message board said we need to limit the contributions of partisan Conservatives we'd be up in arms.

    The best way to get rid of this problem is to do exactly what Stephen, SDA and other Canadian bloggers are doing; expose the bias and be a trusted news source. I don't believe what much of the CBC has to say because of the exposure that these blogs have provided.

    Please say no to more laws,

  • http://www.nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/75/9081#comment_9876 Taylor Cutforth

    Heh, they got propagandists constantly posting over and over again on the nanos polling site.
    I help disprove their radical and ignorant claims fairly often. Heres what I had to say regarding the Mcguinty Liberal's claims against the Harris/Eves PC governments.

    http://nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/83/10944

    I've sent more of this out to get an even closer look at some of the numbers.
    I know the PC budget papers prove to be true given how long they were in and how controversial some of their policies may of been, and with that in mind, you would think if they were lying people would of said something given the misguided anti-harris like disposition amongst some.

    But the whole “structural deficit” crap came from the Liberals and not an out side source, though they say “erik Peters ->projected<- the next government would inherit a $5billion deficit” I have not heard it from the man himself. Besides, a deficit doesn't mean much when you've accomplished so much for the province and its not a continuing downward spiral and you've manage to offset the deficit with how much you've spend down the debt itself, thus lowering the amount of money paid out to debt interest.

    Compare the numbers to what the PC's inherited from the Bob Rae NDP.

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontario

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/paccts/

    http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontario

    Follow the first link for more information in my nanos posts.

  • wiliam

    If you can find the first platform pulled during the first election, by Harper mid election, you will have all you need to expose his and his parties true agenda..deconstruct Canada on behalf of his backers..right wing dingbats slavering over the Nazi loving Bush Family Church of Death and Corruption.
    Church on Sunday, Look Out Monday !
    When do we stop pandering to the insane and either lock them up or euthanise them ?? Freedom of religion is freedom to be as crazy as one can be, while creating chaos at home and abroad..tradition is intellectual and evolutional bankruptcy. All the masters of all the sciences.. excluding those in support of the radical right death machine, all say the same thing..
    Main stream views are crap. Shallow manufactured public opinions designed to move a society into regressiveness and manageability to benefit the Corporate Nazi Regime’s power plays against our countries and human rights..Jesus is a fascist..minus the swastica returned to its previous icon.. the cross..headed by the vatican..UN, CFA, SPP, NAU, etc..the ultra rich have bought off our govts. and will create the most totalitarian regimes ever seen..
    for our own good ??
    Rise minute men and women.. revolt.
    Before it is too late..million man prisons..a secular internment camp. We are paying traitors to enslave us. We are a sorry lot of ostriches.. self interest will destroy you all. Perhaps chlorpromazine in the water will set us free of the madness we call modern society..religion and political madness of conservatism for Jesus the Mercenary Messia. The folks that have destroyed more cultures and planet resources, commited genocides against native americans.. sent jews to gas chambers..financed the nazi regime.. lie cheat steal murder their way to power.. over the bleating sheep of humanity to rape us of all.. enslave us.. depopulate the planet to have a more manageable herd..all this for Zions hench men.
    Have a nice death bleaters while shitting where you stand as usual..doing nothing at all. ?? Many thanks to those who take up the banner of reforms against church and state, corporations usurping us our humaness. Beasts of burden deserve no freedoms. The people are as responsible for the current state as any govt.. stimulated greed cradle to grave.. how idiotic..;-)
    Native Americans had the perfect culture.. destroyed by lunatics from europe..the ill read and unwashed masses decend on a people who live with nature not try to destroy it and our planet.. for ..religiosity.. ??

    Stop pandering to the insane and grow a brain.! Cathartic if nothing else right. ? Exercises in futility.. can’t free a slave that likes being a slave..tell him how much he likes his oppression and he will believe it from who ever puts the grits out..
    Many here never read the disgusting out line of Harpers intentions.. laid oput in queens english for all to see..
    Canadians dont read platforms nor pay attention to details..embeciles. Ideologogues..zealots and illiterates..greedy dhallow self first losers.. always back a winner no matter what his agenda..Hitler was very popular with the church of god group..;-)
    you sad sacks.
    Happy slaves.. silly slaves.. ideology or religious dogmas..all pollution.