According to Canada.com: “Stéphane Dion says he has a hearing problem, inherited from his mother, that explains his difficulty speaking English perfectly.”
Give me a break! I'd guess that most Canadians over the age of 55 suffer from a similar malady—it is a common condition. Yet many thousands (perhaps millions) of them speak second languages perfectly well.
This is just another example of the half-truths Liberals dish out during campaigns to dull otherwise justifiable criticism. The fact is, Dion's English is very poor and sub-standard for a man who is running to become prime minister of a predominantly English-speaking country.
Boo hoo, poor Stéphane can't help the fact… You get the point.