Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Joe Hueglin wrote:


        Being a politician I just love to express myself either in writing or verbally. (Will speak at any meeting if conveyed there and back {Agreeing
        with not drinking and driving, I never learned how to drive})
        It's boring, though, when it's Me interacting only with Myself and I, and so the gambit below.
        The Grits are on the attack as reported in the CTV article below.

        How would you rank them in terms of impact is the first step.

        Should you wish to take a second one, how would you respond? (There are probably CPC answers on the way to you but they may be delayed)

        Is there an attack point not you see not mentioned?

        What'll be the response to this post?

        No idea, but thought it worth a shot.


The excerpt from a CTV article notes three ISSUES. Add a fourth should you be of a mind.

How would you rank them in order of potential impact on voter attitudes?

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Dion wastes no time drawing battle lines

Updated Tue. Dec. 5 2006 8:23 AM ET

CTV.ca News

Newly minted Liberal Leader Stephane Dion has wasted no time in drawing the battle lines for the next election in his parliamentary debut as Official Opposition leader.

Dion charged into the same-sex marriage debate during his first session in question period as Liberal Leader, accusing the Tories of undermining charter rights in the pursuit of a right-wing agenda.

"We are beyond that now. The decision has been made. It's a matter of -- do we want to say that the judges, the judicial system, the Charter of Rights are wrong? And this is something that is so against what the Liberal party thinks."

Dion also responded to a warning from Alberta's premier-designate that his oil-rich province wants to be treated equally with all provinces, including Quebec.

"I'm going to fight for the same rights and privileges being assigned to this 'nation within a nation,' Ed Stelmach said, referring to the federal government's recent motion that "the Québécois" are a nation within a united Canada.

Dion told Canada AM that he did not create the divisive debate and he wasn't entirely happy with the motion.

"I was not happy with that. I think when we start to try to say who is a nation and who is not a nation -- in any country in the world -- then you have difficulties because the word 'nation' has many meanings," he said.

"And there is one meaning that says Canada is one nation with a seat at the United Nations. This is that we are one country," he said.

On the other hand, recognizing the Quebecois as a nation is a sociological definition that "doesn't give the sense that Quebecers will have more rights than Albertans," he added.

During question period later in the day, many of Dion's leadership rivals joined him in asking questions.

Michael Ignatieff, for example, raised questions about the closing of a number of offices operated by Status of Women Canada while Ken Dryden charged that the broke its promise for a health-care guarantee on waiting times.

Were you Dion what issue would you raise other than the above?