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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Laughter is great medicine

We tried giving loads of it to Dion yesterday, while he so valiantly tried to swallow the bitter pill...
Tory laughter rains down on Dion
Oct 17, 2007 06:28 PM

OTTAWA – They call laughter the kiss of death in politics – and the smooches rained down upon Stephane Dion from the Conservative benches today.

By the time he finished a 45-minute speech in which he declared he would not bring down the government, the Liberal leader was deluged with derisive guffaws.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined in as his troops chuckled openly at Dion. The laughter first erupted when Dion declared that the Liberal party was tough on crime.

The mockery grew louder as Dion launched into a lengthy defence of his record on climate change while lambasting the Tories' abandonment of the Kyoto accord.

Dion persisted without acknowledging his opponents, who by this time were gobsmacked by a case of the mass giggles. It was so widespread at one point that even Michael Ignatieff – the Liberals' deputy leader who sits right next to Dion – cupped his face to stifle a laugh.

But Dion plodded ahead.

He did it in English that was sometimes stilted enough to prompt barbed heckles from his opponents.

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  • At Thu Oct 18, 11:52:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Ames Way said…

    I am concerned that about the unparliamentary behaviour of those who laughed. Those who laugh or make fun of Mr. Dion's english had better take a good listen to their own facility in Canada's official languages.

  • At Thu Oct 18, 12:10:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Jeff said…

    it's this kind of mean-spirited gloating that gets the conservatives in trouble time and again.

    remember when chretien's facial tick was mocked? how'd that work out for you?

    canadians don't like bullies or loud-mouths. this minority govt is full of both.

    it's understandable that the conservatives lash out. drunk with power they so rarely enjoy in this country, it's hard for them to resist overindulging.

  • At Thu Oct 18, 12:18:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "Those who laugh or make fun of Mr. Dion's english had better take a good listen to their own facility in Canada's official languages."

    It wasn't laughter at his English, but at the content of his speech... especially the "Liberals are tough on crime" line!

  • At Thu Oct 18, 12:32:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    It wasn't laughter at his English, but at the content of his speech... especially the "Liberals are tough on crime" line!

    Precisely. After all, even Michael Ignatieff could barely keep from laughing.

  • At Thu Oct 18, 12:36:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Eric said…

    Ames and Jeff:

    Canadians also dislike opportunists more. Dion has proven himself to be one and standing up for 45 minutes criticizing a bill he was going to allow to pass was just too much. We are not going into an election because the Liberals feel they wouldn't win.

    There is no greater principle, only unrestrained opportunism. To see Dion pretend that there is, is humorous.

    Chretien was a bully and Liberals voted for him 3 times. Martin was divisive and he was elected once. Look at the Liberal benches and you see bullies and loud-mouths aplenty. So don't pretend that its something unique to one party.

  • At Thu Oct 18, 01:11:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You actually find this "school yard" tactic of laughing during a person's speech okay? Are you kidding?

    These are our government/statesmen acting like kids? EMBARRASSING as hell.

    More taxpayer dollars wasted. I'd say Dion did well under the circumstances.

    In a school yard, bullies will mock and laugh at a kid to put them down - and teachers and parents are trying to fight bullying - what do we have for a PM? A school yard kid - what an example.

    What jackasses - really.

  • At Thu Oct 18, 04:36:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So why is it ok for Chretien to be a bully? Please explain why there is two sets of rules. One for the Libs and one for the tories.

    I've asked around the Liblogs and no one has an answer.

    Dion ands the Liberals have brought this upon themselves. By not opposing the throne speech, Dion has told one and all, he supports it. He has given Harper a wide open house. At least Layton and Duceppe have principles that they will not sacrifice. Dion has sold out on his one claim to fame, Kyoto. So Dion has inferred there are no principles he is willing to stand for. So, pray tell, what do the Liberals stand for? Is it power at any price?

    Just asking.....

  • At Thu Oct 18, 05:43:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger rob said…

    I'm surprised that you would condone such mean-spirited behaviour.

  • At Thu Oct 18, 11:48:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Eric said…

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander IMO. This is politics, where Dion routinely tries to label Harper as a Bush brown-noser, threat to the world, etc...

    Most Liberal and Liberal supporters didn't seem to have any qualms about it then. Wonder where these consciences came from all of a sudden?


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