Saturday, September 20, 2008

Michael Ignatieff: “We didn’t get it done.”

During one of the leaders’ debates back in 2006, Michael Ignatieff claimed that the Liberals with Stéphane Dion as Minister of the Environment (July 2004–February 2006) “…didn’t get it done.” I believe he was referring to the Environment file.

In signing Kyoto on April 29, 1998, the Liberal government of the day pledged that Canada would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by six per cent below 1990 levels by the five-year commitment period of 2008 to 2012.

It never got done. To the contrary, by 2006 Canada's greenhouse gas emissions had increased by 24 per cent. Stéphane Dion, who was a senior member of the Liberal government from 1996 to 2006, couldn't convince his own colleagues in cabinet to live up to their international commitments.

Not surprisingly, therefore, Stéphane Dion was the first choice of less than 18 percent at the 2006 Liberal leadership convention, and the second and third choices of the remainder of the 54.7 percent of the delegates who voted for him on the fourth and final ballot. And now they want to make Dion the first choice of all Canadians in the 2008 election. Get real.

Certainly those in his own party must know Dion best and 82 percent of them rejected him as leader of their party. Even Bob Rae, who in 1995 was rejected overwhelmingly by the Ontario electorate, garnered 20.3 percent!

Yet Liberals have the cheek to ask Canadians to make Dion our prime minister.

Nope, I agree with Mr. Ignatieff, Dion did not get it done when he had the chance. Just as 82 percent of Liberal party delegates did at their last leadership convention, I'll make Stéphane Dion my second choice on October 14.

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