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Dion unfazed by criticism of May pact.

In an article titled Dion Dismisses Critics Of Greens Deal, we read this:

Dion doesn’t seem fazed by the criticism. “I think it’s a good decision for my country, and for our role in the world,” he said Saturday. “I’m very proud of what I have done.”

Are there more deals in the works with the Greens? Dion did not say yes, but he also didnt say no:

Dion was vague about whether he’d rule out any other deals with the Greens. “I’m just saying we have an agreement between leaders in each riding,” he said, calling May’s move “courageous.” “She has said she doesn’t want to be the Ralph Nader of Canada,” .. “She wants me as leader of this country. It’s for her to figure out how she will do that.”

Here’s another quote that shows Dion may be doing this from a co-operative/coalition stance:

With the environment emerging as a major issue with the electorate – and hence with every party – Dion said having a Green member in the House of Commons is critical to the future of the planet. “Facing exceptional problems, we need exceptional solutions,” he said.

That might as well be a quote describing the pact he signed.. because coalition/co-operative politics is a very alien concept here in Canada. Some people call this foolish.. I call it bold.

By the way, Paul Wells was exceptionally harsh on Dion when this pact first came out.. but he’s re-thought things a bit, and while he’s still skeptical, he’s offered up this to explain what angle Dion may be coming from with this – its a pretty good read.

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7 comments to Dion unfazed by criticism of May pact.

  • Thats a different claim Greg then saying I wasn’t serious about electoral reform.

    There are some of us in the Liberal blogging community who advocate electoral reform and PR quite strongly. We will continue to do so in the hopes some high-ups get the message that it will be a good thing for Canada.

  • Forgive me Scott, but if the Liberals succeed in this, they will suddenly have other priorities besides electoral reform. Oh sure, they will send it to “study” for the hundredth time. The Liberals always love a good study. It is as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.

  • Tony

    I am not surprised that Dion is unfazed by the criticism of his pact with May. He has proven himself to be a self obsessed leader who does not listen to his colleagues. He is so determined to elect Elizabeth May, that he ignores his own Nova Scotia Liberal MPs and senators and then screws fellow Liberals is Central Nova by taking away their option of voting for a Liberal candidate. And this is the same man that was calling PMSH a “control-freak”

    Liberals mixed on pact

    Insiders said all six Liberal MPs and five senators from Nova Scotia initially opposed signing a non-aggression pact with May. But they were over-ruled by Dion who informed them Thursday evening of his decision.

  • Greg claimed

    [quote comment=”3359″]If you were really serious about coalitoin politics you would be advocating electoral reform.[/quote]

    You haven’t read my blog much then Greg (or read me at Progressive Bloggers or before that BlogsCanada), because if you had, you would know I have long advocated Proportional Representation as an electoral reform.. and I actually did so again in my prior blogpost to this.

  • That might as well be a quote describing the pact he signed.. because coalition/co-operative politics is a very alien concept here in Canada. Some people call this foolish.. I call it bold.

    I am not sure I would describe this as either co-operation or coalition since it is essentially the leader of one party endorsing the other for PM. The only way to deliver on that endorsement is to deliver her votes to the Liberal Party. It is more of a unilateral surrender than a coalition. So, of course you love it Scott. It is the endgame of the Think Twice Coalition.

    If you were really serious about coalitoin politics you would be advocating electoral reform.

  • Thanks for pointing this out Scott.

  • Scott

    This is the key line in the Wells piece for me:

    “But you had better know that Stéphane Dion believes every word of it and that he tends to move in straight lines.”

    Wells might not agree, but the thrust of the post is that Dion has honorable motivations, which undercuts much of the current criticisms.

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