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Monday, April 16, 2007

Dion/May deal was another flip flop

Once again, it appears that Mr. Dion's word isn't necesarily something you can bank on... this statement was made just two weeks before the May/Dion deal...
"It would be a mistake to give up any province, any region, any riding,' he said, noting that a wave of support could cause many ridings that currently seem unwinnable to fall into the Liberal column.

Dion insisted the full platform will be ready whenever Harper engineers the defeat of his minority government. He said the party will have full slate of candidates in all 308 ridings and that a third of them will be women, as he's promised.
"Oops... did I say that? What I meant was..."

Nice try Mr. Dion. Wow, what a difference two weeks makes...

(and as for those who will comment that Mr. Harper's word can't be trusted because of the Income Trust decision, at least it took him 10 months to come to that change of heart... not a mere 10 days)

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  • At Mon. Apr. 16, 07:42:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dirk said…

    So now a major policy shift is not considered a flip flop if there are at least 10 months separating the flip from the flop?

    First of all, there are often legitimate reasons for policy changes, so labeling a change of heart/mind as a flip flop is lame.
    (The problem I have is when people change their minds for crass, political reasons. Ie. when a politician makes unfeasible promises/statements before getting elected, and changes his policies to be more realistic after getting elected.)

    Second, Harper himself has had *many* changes of policy, yet we don't see him branded as a flip/flopper. And this goes beyond income trusts. Witness:
    - special treatment for Quebec. I remember a young Reform party and a young Harper who used to complain long and loud about how the federal government threw cash at Quebec for political reasons.
    - backtracking on the health care waiting time commitments.
    - climate change. Even though he complained loudly about Kyoto and said he'd back out, we're still signatories to Kyoto, and show no sign of leaving.

    The bottom line is that the politicians we have are prone to saying stupid things with the aim of attaining or preserving power. Dion has been guilty of that, as we hear here so often, and Harper is guilty of that as well, just as often.


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