Like him or not, Dion is running for the right reasons. He has seen where Harper is taking this country and he has a vision that is at odds with that. Harper is leading us to a place I don't think most Canadians would recognise. Dion gets that and is determined to not let it happen.
He was asked in a presser yesterday if he see's himself as carrying a message like Barack Obama. Very simply and succinctly, he replied, "I am Stephane Dion" and went to the next question.
Now, contrast that to what both Harper and Layton are doing.
Harper came out with new ad's that would have you suspend reality and believe that suddenly, he's turned into a gentle, cuddly guy. I won't link to them. They are readily available at Conservative Televised Video, better known as CTV.
Harper and his advisers have obviously recognised that they need to paint a softer image, but really, how stupid do they think Canadians are? Do they really think that Harper the petulant 'my way or the highway' guy will simply be forgotten? Do they honestly believe that on the heels of concocting fake meetings with the opposition leaders and citing false reasons for calling an election that anyone is going to buy the new fake Harper?
Come on people! We've seen this guy in action. He's an impatient and angry man, hell bent on making government irrelevant and willing to play any game to make that happen.
It's fine to be right of centre. That is a dialogue we can have in this country, but this guy is off the scales and somehow we and the media in this country do not want to address that. I don't get it.
The ad's present a phony Harper.
Layton too is brushing up on how to apply veneer. He apparently thinks he is the Barack Obama of this country. This is likely his last kick at the can so there will be no limits as to where his ego will take him.
Yesterday in a Town Hall, he used Obama's words and tactics, as in taking his jacket off because he felt the room was about to become 'heated'. His shirt sleeves were already rolled up as he took off his jacket. Talk about a tightly 'staged' event. Marilyn Churley, who will run this time and was sitting in the front row, looked positively delighted when this stunt was played.
Harper and Layton are certainly seasoned campaigners as it relates to Federal election. Dion is not. I wouldn't underestimate him though.
Dion is ready and willing to be himself, present his vision and believe that Canadians will tap into that quality in themselves. Integrity and being who you are is important to most of us. Putting on airs and being phony, generally turns us off.
Harper is trying to present himself as a 'regular' guy, but he's not that. He is putting on airs and is being phony, yet his devotees lap it up.
Harper would do well not to cut any more Arts funding, because he is an actor who needs lessons. Layton? Well, he's got the acting down, but that's his problem. We all know he is an actor.
Now, Dion has been in the political game for a while and he certainly has picked up how the game is played, but he doesn't deviate from who he is.
So we have a choice this time around. The real deal or a phony presenting their visions for the country. Their vision is what you'll likely vote on, but of the two, who do you trust to implement what they say?