Saturday, September 02, 2006

Environment Minister For PM?

At the beginning of the Leadership race Gerard Kennedy was criticized for being weak if not void of policy; as time progressed and opportunity arose, Gerard proposed policies on every facet of Canada. He has wide ranging addresses from Domestic affairs, such as party renewal, women's equality, education, immigration, and food supply. He has also demonstrated a juggernaut stance in foreign affairs, posing the policy of withdrawal of Canadian forces if NATO does not renegotiate its mandate and pursue a wider scope then just occupying Afghanistan. This all arising from Gerard Kennedy, someone that has risen from nothing to be a leading contender for Liberal Leadership. Therefore the bar is pretty high for those who started the race with federal political acclaim such as Stephane Dion; yet Dion remains at bar level if not below.

Gerard Kennedy has progressed and has developed original policies; while Stephane Dion has repeated old speeches and ignored significant issues. The most important of which, is foreign affairs, or anything do with foreigners. Stephane Dion has not put forth a single policy directed to Canada's relations with other countries. I do admit he put forth an explanation of why the Liberal Party was not supporting Israel as Harper was, but this lacks any predictive value of what he'd do as Leader and Prime Minister.

Stephane Dion is a bright man, he was a professor of political science, he has written many scholarly journals, and has many years of federal government experience; yet the question arises, where is his foreign policy? Where is his stance on immigration? Dion answers at a time of pre-civil war in Iraq and turmoil in Afghanistan, with policy proposals on the environment.

Is Dion still environment minister? No infact he's the foreign affairs critic! His job in the Liberal Party of Canada, right now is arguing against the Conservatives, finding their flaws, and addressing a proper means of action. The question is why is Dion ignoring foreign affairs and currently discussing the environbment? The answer may appear negative, but I feel it's rational; Dion does not have any ideas, good or bad, about foreign policy or immigration. Dion does have ideas about the environment.

In conclusion, if you want an environment minister, who appears to know only that, to be Prime Minister vote for Stephane Dion.


Blogger Dan McKenzie said...

Dion is no longer the critic. He had to step down from that once the leadership race officially began. Keith Martin is now the Foreign Affairs critic if I remember correctly.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Daniel Mosely said...

My error. WAS foreign affairs critic.

2:13 PM  

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