Dion launch faces carbon tax protest

Yesterday, the election campaign began and Liberal leader Stephane Dion’s campaign launch was held in Ottawa at the Billings Estate, a city of Ottawa operated property in the middle of Ottawa.

Organizers were expecting about 1000 people (about 100 from each Ottawa area riding) but only turned out about 300 according to Kady.

The Ontario Landowners association turned up to protest the event and proceeded up Riverside to Cabott, the small residential street which is the only road to the venue.  The Landowners where protesting Dion’s carbon tax in favour of more property rights.

Liberals formed a human wall at the gates of Billings Estate to block the Landowners from accessing the event, held on public land.

Liberal wall blocking path to the Billings Estate

Farmers vs. Liberals

Liberals greet landowners

Stephane Dion

Landowners protest Dion’s carbon tax

The Landowners

More landowners

Comments

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  • Beer and Popcorn

    Funny I have not seen this protest all over the pages of the Star, the Globe or on the CBC?

  • Gayle

    It was good of you to include Kady’s link, as she has a much different perspective on this whole thing than you do.

    Where did you get the notion they were expected 1000 people? According to Kady organizers were not expecting so many people to show up.

  • Tim

    Are the Liberals that insecure about their policies that they must block the public's access to their meetings? If the Conservatives ever did this, the Liberals and the NDP would go nuts backed up by media outlets like the CBC and the Toronto Star.

  • http://carbonreaction.blogspot.com Troy

    This is only the beginning…

  • Green Shaft

    Stephane and Liz
    Went to The Hill
    To run away from laughter.
    Their red and green
    Turned brown when seen.
    They lost their crowns soon after.

  • Gabby in QC

    Funny, I didn't see anything about it at two news aggregators. Does that mean it didn't really happen? ;-)

    What I did see, however, were articles about Stephane Dion's hearing problem, which is apparently the reason he can't catch the music of the English language. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RT
    That bit of news even made it to my local TV news.

    What I found strange, though, is Dion saying that “His understanding of English, he says, is better than his “delivery.”

    Umm, if he has a hearing problem, how can he claim his “understanding” (aural i.e hearing) is better than his “delivery” (oral i.e. speaking)? A bit contradictory, n’est-ce pas?

    Please understand, I don't think his unease in English should be an issue. I said so from the get-go. But if he’s bringing it up, trying to explain it, then the reason given should at least make sense.

  • Beer and Popcorn

    That picture of the smug Liberal grinning at the farmer pretty much says it all

  • Mike

    Dion appears to be next to one of his supporters — not a farmer, and he's smiling not smug.

    Aren't these farmers part of OPERA?

    http://www.bmts.com/~opera/

    If they are, they are taking issue with all political parties. Didn't they recently go after Diane Finley?

  • Beer and Popcorn

    Mike – I'm referring to picture #3 – the guy with the smug grin who looks like Robert Smith from the Cure..

    To me it is the classic example of two atoms colliding – when ivory tower, academic policy meets the real world

  • Beer and Popcorn

    What I have been most amazed at during the last few years of Liberal policy is that they continue to come forward with these 'we need to educate the uneducated masses of Canadians as to how to behave and we know how to spend your money better than you' policies.

    They equate Liberal policies to the national interest or the global interest and try to convince people that they are not good Canadians or good global citizens if they do not support their agenda.

    But what these policies ALWAYS equate to is more money (through higher taxes) for Liberal$ to spread around to various groups looking for votes and NEVER equate to their communicated purpose.

    My guess is that Canada is going to reject this way of thinking and reject it HARD. We've seen this movie before.

    Bravo farmers!

  • Craig Hubley

    “The Landowners where protesting Dion’s carbon tax in favour of more property rights.” ROTFL Can you say “front group”? This “association” is some tiny group of cranks, probably set up to protest regulations against pesticides or lobby against native land claims or something. Looks like a bunch of grumpy old rednecks in those shots, and of course if only 300 showed up out of 1000 expected, that indicates Harper failed to dole out expected bribe money or something. What does this group actually stand for? Are they climate change denialists? What's the story here?

  • Craig Hubley

    “The Landowners where protesting Dion’s carbon tax in favour of more property rights.” ROTFL Can you say “front group”? This “association” is some tiny group of cranks, probably set up to protest regulations against pesticides or lobby against native land claims or something. Looks like a bunch of grumpy old rednecks in those shots, and of course if only 300 showed up out of 1000 expected, that indicates Harper failed to dole out expected bribe money or something. What does this group actually stand for? Are they climate change denialists? What's the story here?