Following his speech in Trois Rivieres today, Dion as usual made himself available for questions.
I don't recall the first one, but it was something much along the same lines as we've heard throughout the campaign. In other words, hollow.
Suddenly though, he was asked about Free Trade, then the Oil Sands, then again something with substance. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. I practically shouted finally at the tv, but then of course, the inane came in right on cue.
Once again CTV's Graham Richardson was telling Dion, and us, what Canadians think about Harper and that they don't believe what Dion is saying about him.
Dion did point out that Richardson's characterization of what he had said about Harper was inaccurate, but Graham just doesn't seem to get it. So, my advice to Dion would be to answer with, '...it's not the man that people should fear, it's his philosophy, his ideology, specifically as it relates to economics and the economy of this country that people should know and beware of. That describes how he is similar to Bush and speaks to what we seeing going on in the US.
In an earlier scrum, Dion said, "It's the Economy Stephen". Good line. I'd keep it and point to how precisely he is the wrong fiscal manager for this time, use the US example and dig up some quotes of how Harper believes the economy, vis a vis government, should be handled.
Just as an example of how differently the press treat Harper, one of the journalists in his scrum today began his question with something like, "Mr. Harper you're one of the most prominent trained economists in the country...".
Please. Do you remember in all those years before he entered politics anyone calling on him for his expert opinion? No, I didn't think so.
Now, can we please get down to issues and could someone kindly ask Harper what the heck his vision is for this country, let alone his platform?