How many times today did you hear that Dion hasn't mentioned the Green Shift in two days? It's absolute nonsense, untrue and yet another example of the press creating a false narrative.
I confess, when I first saw the headline today I was more than troubled. I was shaking my head and saying whaat the hell!?
Then I re-listened to the tape on CPAC this afternoon and while I only came in part way, I heard him mention the Green shift twice.
So right off the bat, the headline and the manner in which many stories are being reported are wrong. No, more than wrong. They are lies. Why are they trying to destroy this man, should be the question?
From day one they ran with the narrative that the Con's put out and they have amplified it. The government that wanted/wants, nothing to do with them, the press, they mirror! It's incredible but it's happened.
Robert Fife of CTV tried to nail Dion at this afternoon's scrum by framing his question something like this.
You've always said that the Green Shift was the (inaudible so it may have been the word central) plank of your platform.
Dion responded with, you've said that, not me. He went on to explain that the Green Shift was the foundation.
To build a solid house, you need a solid foundation. I've said the Green Shift is important and it's important for Canada, but it's not the only part of our platform and not all we have to offer.
Note. I'm paraphrasing.
He also said that all his announcements, including yesterday's infrastructure announcement, was based on green principles, as was the farming announcement that he made today. Components of the Green Shift are applied in both announcements, but it's not everything.
You know what really tick's me off? Last week the media was screaming that Dion has to bring out the team (which was always the plan) and ditch the Green Shift. This week their inaccurate narrative is that he is following their former narrative and isn't that terrible! Bizarre doesn't begin to explain this.
I guess the name of the game for the press following these tours is to make themselves relevant. Newsflash....the election is not about CTV or CBC or Canadian Press. This is dangerous stuff and how we've allowed this is more than concerning.
Seriously people, we have a problem here. Our democracy has a problem here.
I know there is angst out there among Liberal supporters and perhaps some of it is deserved, but I ask that you consider the source of what raised your temperature and measure that with what is true.