MONTREAL - Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is continuing to tease Canadians about whether he wants a fall election.
Dion says the Liberals will trigger an election when they are ready, and they will choose their time.
The Liberal leader is campaigning in and around Montreal Saturday for two byelections to be held in the area on Sept. 8.
Dion took Prime Minister Stephen Harper to task for suggesting recently that he might call an election.
How is what Dion said a tease? He has said this repeatedly and it's true. What else can the man say? The people that write this stuff live in a different Universe, one where it is necessary to create news where there is none and sadly don't report news where they should. For instance, don't you suppose that he had something to say about how Garneau and the Liberal message is being received in Westmount? Do you think that perhaps the journalist could have done a bit of research on that and presented it to Dion?
What they feed to his detractors is, 'Dion raises the spectre of an election'. No, he doesn't. If someone has proof of Dion going off on a tangent of his own, threatening an election, kindly provide it. He never speaks of that but he is constantly challenged on it.
All that stories like this do, imo, is provide fodder for our pompous arrogant PM to use it to his advantage.
That said, it's a nice shot of the two and I hope it's going well. I've found precious little press on that by-election, but I confess I haven't searched for a few days.
Another story that ran in the Mercury had me laughing out loud. Brian Jean sounds like an absolute clown, but he sounds that way on committee and in the House too. He suggests that the only signs that are out are the Con's. For the record, I have it on good authority that there are over 1500 Lib signs up. He calls the PM, 'Sir'? I'm all for respect but knowing who this PM is, that's probably an order.
Finally, I don't frankly know the tradition vis a vis PM's and by-elections, but to suggest that meeting with Kovach in a adjoining riding is being professional is so far fetched, it's ludicrous. Especially when you consider this comment by Kovach.
Kovach said her campaign would have to pay the full cost of the prime minister's visit and security under byelection rules if he visited Guelph.
"It would use up a substantial amount of our election campaign expenses. That's why he won't come in a byelection, although he certainly has been very supportive," she said.
As we now know, the Con's aren't in the habit of taking money out of their candidates campaigns, well they are, but only if they can throw it in, and then take it out.
Sorry, I missed one more thing. The thought that a political party would want to steer voters their way during an election seems foreign to Jean. Yeah, right.
My last observation has to do with Garth's Town Hall meeting on Wednesday.
It looks as if he'll have between 700 and 1000 in attendance. He has special guests coming. Who? I don't know, he's keeping that a secret.
So, my question to you is, who do you think is coming and if you could be there, what would you ask Stephane Dion? Oh and if you were to meet him before the meeting as Garth has offered, what would you say as you shook his hand?