Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Stephane Dion: Man of the People.

Vote for Stephane Dion; for he truly is 'the common man' with whom all Canadians can easily relate to.

After all since most Canadians have studied at a noted foreign school, have never held a real private sector job, have not obtained a drivers license or even know what a car pool is; I think Dion has earned the title of "Man of the People".

Can you relate?


Ted said...

So how many Canadians have a Master's degree in economics and made their living as a career pundit and then a career politician?

Just because Harper was once photographed at a Tim Horton's for some campaign literature doesn't mean he knows what a double double is or what a dutchie is.

Anonymous said...

Stephane Dion is indeed " a man of the people" The question of the day is "which people"?? He cannot remember the platform he campaigned on for the leadership in 06 which included rescinding the child tax credit, "beer and Popcorn" Steffi? I know Scott Reid said that, Right Steffi? Of course he suffers from A "hereditary caused hearing loss" or maybe he simply cannot understand english.
cheers Bubba

Anonymous said...

Which people, indeed. He has yet to renounce his French citizenship. So who's interests will he truly represent when his hands are in two pots?

Anonymous said...

Here is a thought I have not seen commented on.

Dion claims he has to sit down at end of a month and go over bills with his wife.

MP salary ~ 150K
Opposition Leader ~ 75k
Car allowance ~ 2K
house - rent free

+ generous tax breaks for MPs

So 227 K a year, one adult daughter and one wife and he has to sit down at end of month to figure out what bills to pay

and he wants to run a country???



Wayne said...

Ted, you might want to look again at the jobs the PM has held in the past before going with the career politician stuff.

Dion is an out of touch academic who has done nothing that the common man, who works hard every day just to try and get by, can relate to.

Anonymous said...

You forgot his uni-lingual hearing problem and that annoying habit of eating hot dogs with a knife and fork.

Ardvark said...

Unlike Dion, PM Harper has worked in the private sector and has not been at the public trough his entire career, so the career politician line is a big stretch Ted.

BTW Ted are you making a comeback in the blogging world? I have not seen anything from you in some time.

wilson said...

No one running for the top job is an ordinary kinda person.
Some push/are pushed to the top (Obama) using extraordinary academic avenues;
and some float to the top (Palin)by being extraordinary in the field.

Both men, Dion and Harper are a combination of academic/field acheivers.

One is best suited for behind the scenes leadership, a highly regarded support position.
One is best suited for front and center leadership.
Dion would make one excellent co-pilot.

Ted said...


I said Harper is a career pundit and politician. When he wasn't a politician/political staffer, he was being a political pundit. That's sort of like an academic, but without the creditials.

My point is not that Dion is a Man of the People, but the same one as Wilson's. Harper hasn't had to work an ordinary job like an ordinary Canadian. That is all spin. And that's all OK.

Since when did we start wanting the average guy to be running an entire country?? Harper is not your average guy which is a good thing.

And thanks for asking about blogging but no more blogging for me. I got sick of the silly partisanship.

Ardvark said...

True, you may not want your average Joe running the country, but you want your PM to at least understand what the average Joe has to go through with their daily lives.

I am not sure Dion really understands this at all, not just with big government and taxes, but on a more personal I think he is out of touch.

Anonymous said...

Harper worked for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail and one point in his life. Not exactly on the public dole is it?

Ted said...

Delivering newspapers when you were a kid doesn't exactly count.

Ardvark said...

Macleans.ca staff


Harper: In 1978, Stephen Harper heeded the call of the West and abruptly left Toronto for Edmonton, where he found a low-level job with Imperial Oil (his father, an accountant, worked for the same company). According to William Johnson’s biography, Harper started off working in the mail room, but his skill with computers helped him move up the ranks—within two years, he was running the Calgary office’s computer system. Harper’s political involvement began in earnest at this time (despite a brief fling with the Liberal party as a teen). He went to work for Calgary Tory MP Jim Hawkes, eventually accompanying him to Ottawa, where he got his first taste of the capital (running on the Reform ticket, Harper would go on to beat out his mentor in the 1993 elections.

Dion went straight from studying in a school to teaching in one.

He has no clue about the real life of the average Canadian.

Ardvark said...

Dion: After returning from school in Paris, Dion and his wife, political scientist Janine Kreiber, got teaching assistant jobs at New Brunswick’s Université de Moncton. After his Paris days, dealing with wet-behind-the-ears undergrads “was a shock,” Dion admitted to The Globe and Mail in 2006. “A student asked me if Machiavelli was Scottish.” After just one semester, the two decamped to Montreal where Dion secured a teaching job at the Université de Montréal (Krieber got a job teaching at Université Laval in Quebec City). While Dion made a popular professor at U de M, he was a polarizing figure, his colleague Louis Balthazar told The Globe and Mail back in 1996: “What I don’t like about him is that his attitude is very provocative. I’m right, you’re wrong. I understand, you don’t.” —Kate Lunau