Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Dion's "Next Canadian PM" cross-country audition

The National Post's editorial board obviously believes that Stephane Dion's self-promoting cross-country tour is doomed to failure - "Stephane Dion's Sincerity Shtick":


The senior Liberals planning the trip say they want voters to get to know Mr. Dion one-on-one and in small groups, which is supposedly where Mr. Dion is most persuasive. That's the way he unexpectedly captured the top Liberal job, they explain. It is also the best way to demonstrate his "sincerity," which Liberals say is his greatest political asset.


Stephane Dion may indeed be sincere or "authentic" as my Liberal MP Karen Redman often describes him. He may actually believe that his pie-in-the-sky academic dreams can transform Canada into his vision of Progressive Utopia, and that we intellectually-inferior Canadians will eventually embrace this plan with unqualified support once we finally come to our senses.

But is 'sincerity' the sole qualification necessary for a great leader?

If an international crisis of some kind were suddenly to occur, who would you rather have defending our national interests, making split-second decisions and communicating with world leaders on complex issues that require both diplomacy and tenacity?


I'll take the 'bully' over Flipper anyday, thanks.


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Update: Is the mole back? Cherniak and Wells have some concerns (H/T Bourque)

And our own ChuckerCanuk is mentioned on Bourque as well tonight! Congrats Chucker!!!

Wednesday Update: Well poor Flipper has one friend, anyway. (Star)

But this Liberal MP is definitely not a Dion fan!

15 comments:

Platty said...

"they want voters to get to know Mr. Dion one-on-one and in small groups"

I couldn't agree more, like say, a classroom setting? Right where Stephane belongs.

And he will be back in class very soon, first when PMSH takes him to school, second when he gets his old job back.

Chuckercanuck said...

off-topic but:

TDH has a link to the Basi/Virk notice that's 34 pages, but I think you and I have to read...

Sandy said...

Joanne -- sincerity, authenticity, warm fuzzies for everyone. Good heavens, we want someone who will govern, be a leader, make the hard choices. Warm fuzzies I can do without. My post today is about how Liberals just can't believe Conservatives can tell the truth and be nonpartisan when it is called for. This nicey, nicey, approach is all apart of that: We feel your pain. It doesn't matter if we are telling the truth, just like us. I think I'll relax and do some beading!

Sandy said...

Joanne -- my final comment really was genuine. No offense to beaders out there. I really do make custom designed jewellery -- in my spare time -- when I'm not blogging. You just never know about people. LOL

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Good heavens, we want someone who will govern, be a leader, make the hard choices. Warm fuzzies I can do without.

Exactly. Flipper may be cute, but cute just doesn't cut in when it comes to leadership.

No offense to beaders out there.

Sandy, stick to yer knitting'!

;)

Anonymous said...

"they want voters to get to know Mr. Dion one-on-one and in small groups"

Frankly, I don't think he has much choice in that arena, because I can't foresee too many people in Alberta showing up to actually hear what he has to say. He'll be lucky to get a "small group" at the venue.

He's not a leader. Enough said.

raz

PGP said...

I just can't help myself...vision of the future ;)

One sunny day in 2008, an old man approached number 24 Sussex Dr. in Ottawa from across the street.

He spoke to the Mountie standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with Prime Minister Dion."

The Mountie replied, “Sir, Mr. Dion is not Prime Minister and doesn’t reside here.”

The old man said, “Okay,” and walked away.

The following day, the same thing! “I would like to go in and meet with Prime Minister Dion.”

The Mountie again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Dion is not PM and doesn’t reside here.” The man thanked him and again walked away .

The third day, the same man approached the Gates and spoke to the very same Mountie, saying “I would like to go in and meet with Prime Minister Dion.”

The Mountie, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Dion. I’ve told you already several times that Mr. Dion is not the Prime Minister and doesn’t reside here. Don’t you understand?”

The old man answered, “Oh, I understand you fine; I just love hearing your answer!”

The Mountie snapped to attention, saluted, and said,
“See you tomorrow, Sir!”

PGP said...

BTW - Sincerity is an actual character trait and condition requiring some integrity.
What Dion has is "Sincere-ishness" which is quite like the other common liberal behaviour commonly known as "Truthiness"!
Neither one actually achieves the status of being sincere or honest. More a case of trying to look like it!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

PGP - Well said, and that ties into Sandy's latest post quite nicely!

Swift said...

PGP, you have just proved that the RCMP can keep a secret. The old man has been asking for Stephen Harper at Stornaway for over a year!

Chuckercanuck said...

Joanne (TB):

http://www.tdhstrategies.com/home.html

required reading because he's a Liberal who regularly dishes dirt that we can use!!

Sara said...

if academic's are what he feels is "the thing to be all and end all" then no one would have listened to me. As you know I'm not very edumacated!

Chuckercanuck said...

Joanne:
its gone. he took it off his website. I don't know why, but he did.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Chucker, interesting site, nonetheless...

Anonymous said...

Sincerity is everything, if you can fake that you've got it made...