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The Survivor.

Great speech by Dion to start off the election campaign:

As Dion says, he relishes being the underdog and underestimated, and I agree that in Dion’s case, that’s a good position to be in.  He has prevailed against the Quebec separatists that way, as well as in winning the Liberal leadership, when he was discounted and ignored, until it was too late. In the Conservatives case, you also see spades of  arrogance and overconfidence in them and their online supporters.

Let them keep that up. As the old saying goes, pride always goeth before a fall.

Update @ 6:02 pm: Part 2 of the Press Conference below:

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11 comments to The Survivor.

  • kwittet

    Originally Posted By MikeScott,

    Ah the intellectual discourse – nothing proves your point and provides evidence for your argument like a well placed YA RIGHT at the end of a sentence. Yes sir the brain trust is out tonight.

    Hey mike. go ahead and attack my intelligence. i know I am only a lowly truck driver. I know I dont have a degree is political science but most people dont. and to be honest I dont want one. the well placed ya right was my way of being extremely sarcastic. I did notice that you only attacked my sarcasm and not any of my points whether they are in your opinion or mine right or wrong!! That speaks volumes..its kinds like attacking people who post on here with handles..instead of a real name..nevermind that they have a real point..just attack them because..deflect the fact that you dont have a real argument to the point.

  • Smack

    I look at Harper’s party and the people who support him and feel like I don’t even know this country anymore. Perhaps growing up and living in Toronto has “sheltered” me (besides the dark ages of Toronto hating Mike Harris) from these neo-cons. When did we become increasingly conservative, US fundamentalist style?! I was never an old school (before the party merger) progressive conservative supporter, but I wonder where did their voters go? Even the old PC backers I knew weren’t as conservative as this new brand. I find it embarrassing that the country is moving in this direction, mirroring the US in so many ways, regressing.

  • Ted

    What we have is a competent boring Prime Minister going up against a inarticulate nerdy Liberal leader and a flashy “I intend to apply for this job” used car NDP salesman with his permanant smile.

    I like Harpers odds at re-election.

  • Scott,

    Tom Flanagan’s “bloggers” seem to have real hate on for you, you seem to have a tracked quite a few of them. Must be a slow night in Tory bunker.

    Ah the intellectual discourse – nothing proves your point and provides evidence for your argument like a well placed YA RIGHT at the end of a sentence. Yes sir the brain trust is out tonight.

    Man, I don’t like Dion either (I don’t like any of them) but this kind of blog spam is embarrassing for the Blogging Tories.

  • Dion is truly a class act — and what he’s saying about being okay with being an underdog isn’t campaign ad “schtick.” I had the chance to ask him a question at a public event in Peterborough this summer. I thanked him for hanging tough in the face of unprecedented personal attacks (over a year’s worth of highly negative attack ads outside an election campaign – a Canadian first, perhaps?) and I asked him how he managed to keep going. He said it wasn’t difficult. He felt that he had to do what he was doing — to get a very different vision of Canada in front of the Canadian people. That’s what gave him the energy and the resilience to go on day after day.

    I have a huge amount of respect for the man. It’s becoming clearer and clearer why Harper decided he had to go out of the gate with the “not a leader” attack ads, right after Dion was elected — and why he’s now having his campaign ads attack Dion for being “too intellectual.” His visionary leadership style (as opposed to bullying leadership style) and his willingness to be ruled by reason rather than rhetoric is so unlike Harper’s — and it is much more “Canadian.” Dion also shows a modern leadership style — leadership via consultation and consensus (not leadership via fear and dictatorship).

    Dion has so much to offer Canada. Let’s hope the average Canadian voter has the wisdom to look past the stereotypes created by the attack ads to see what the man is really all about.

  • Lycan Stark

    Harper was the wrong choice last time and remains the wrong choice for today and tomorrow.

    The electorate was wrong when they cast their ballot, eh? Buddy, could you be any MORE arrogant? What was that about pride going before the fall? Wow, are you Liberals ever in for a shock.

  • Moebius

    Harper was the wrong choice last time and remains the wrong choice for today and tomorrow.

    Wow, cue the violins.

    What about the day after tomorrow? Is he OK then?

  • kwittet

    what really scares me is that after using the calculator on the green shift site lyion dion says the green shift is a work in progress? really?? so if he hasnt got it all figured out yet then how can he make such claims that it will be revenue neutral( YA RIGHT)??? so if you just go on that point it raises a very serious question? how much are we going to be overtaxed on our consumption? i get a whopping 77 dollars a month but companies WILL pass along the increases they incur onto the consumer. for those of us who commute to work and love to travel and well…and i know it sounds crazy to you leftys..but my family eats!!! we need that food to survive and since the food comes on a truck which burns diesel that cost will go up and they will pass on that cost. NO WAY. If the liberals want to go after the lower income vote and the minoritys who are usually making less and that is his way to buy votes then we as a free market economy are doomed. And before anyone can say the economy tanked while on harpers watch dont….this economic slow down is simply economic conditions and nothing else…most being contributed to a lot of people living fast and free on easy credit.

  • maplestar

    Perhaps it was a great radio speech, but watching on television, I was distracted by his head going back and forth from one teleprompter screen to the other, and never appearing to look at the camera. It shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all, but for a leader who needs to connect with English Canadians, it was something that helps tarnish that first impression.

  • bob

    In urban southwestern Ontario, I will be voting for anybody but a Conservative again. Canada deserves a leader who is honest and trustworthy. Harper has proven himself to be a weasel, most recently by weaseling out of the Fixed Term election act. Harper was the wrong choice last time and remains the wrong choice for today and tomorrow.

  • ALW

    spades of arrogance and overconfidence in them and their online supporters.
    Let them keep that up. As the old saying goes, pride always goeth before a fall.

    Funny thing – the feeling’s mutual.

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