Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

renewal, not deference!

This Stephane Dion comment, via Calagary Grit vis-a-vis Michael Ignatieff and climate change, caught my eye:

He’s thrown out some ideas, but he didn’t even include a single word recognizing the work which myself and the Liberal government did on the climate change file or on our 2005 climate change proposal. When I travel to the Bahamas, they recognize the work Canada has done on Climate Change. I think it shows incredible disrespect for a new Liberal MP to come in here and ignore everything we’ve done.

Regardless of who is giving and who receiving, this is a sentiment that bothers me. Renewal is not about patting ourselves on the back. Canadians at large will not receive us well if we self-censor any criticism of the government that they just relegated to opposition. This comment is particularly absurd in that it doesn't refer to criticism, but rather to a lack of gushing praise.

Generally, Dion has shown an understanding of this. I appreciate his other instances of combativeness in the interest of finishing with a stronger party. Ignatieff, on the other hand, has been careful to preface nearly every comment with deference to a Dryden on child care, a Volpe on immigration, etc.

This should be a no-brainer: embuing the '05 Martin government with sacred cow status is only going to hurt the leadership process and the party


Blogger robedger said...

Renewal doesn't mean forgetting about past successes.

12:56 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

No it doesn't. And I think if a candidate was asked a question about the Liberal record on the environment, they would have an obligation to recognize Dion's laudable successes. But I do not believe that any discussion on environmental policy has to beging with a celebration of what has come before - especially on an issue that is only just gathering the momentum it requires

1:15 PM  
Blogger EX-NDIP said...

It's nice they did something about so-called climate-change in Bermuda . . . what did the do, give them money for pollution credits?
Did you know that in 1936 the mercury in Saskatchewan reached 45 C . . . boy that was sure warm, was that global warming or just a hot nite in Sask????

1:47 PM  
Blogger Sholdice said...

Dion's point is this: "Where were you when we were fighting those battles?"

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Personally, I don't like ANY of the leaders up for Liberal leadership, I think the Liberals should put an ad in the Star and look for qualified people that way.

1:29 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

Where was Kennedy when these battles were fought? Serving the Liberal cause in a differnt expression. That doesn't bother me. Listen - no longer am I defending "my" candidate. I don't have one - I'm adrift. There are plenty criticisms of Ignatieff that I would gladly concur with, but the ones that creep up just aren't compelling to me.

9:50 AM  
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