Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today's Dionspeak

There's just so much today!

Question:
Mr. Dion, there is a lot of dissatisfaction, the poll is showing that your leadership is faltering. The caucus is complaining about it. You have got (inaudible) on your hands on this preventative arrests on the security bill. What do you have to say about this?

Stéphane Dion:
Well that is quite an exaggeration about everything that you said. I think we are going very well. We have progress to make. We are a very united team. There is a lot of enthusiasm and we will come with a lot of good policy for Canadians.

Question:
How can you be...

Stéphane Dion:
A great vision.

Question:
Your caucus is split on the renewal of the anti-terrorist bill?

Stéphane Dion:
Well, we had a good debate and we make our decision. It was not an easy decision. It is a difficult choice to make, but we are comfortable that we have made the best decision for Canadians.

Question:
Mr. Dion, what did you think about the AIDS announcement earlier today?

Stéphane Dion:
Well, it is a good new to have a building, but we need to have more funding for the science and I think the prime minister received the message already. So where he was in Toronto last summer? We need more help for the science.


Question:
Sorry, what happens if your MPs, some of them don't support (Dion's opposition to renewing the anti-terrorism legislation)?

Stéphane Dion:
You know what is the rule. When we make a decision, we vote with discipline and beyond that, it is a matter for international discussion in the caucus.

Question:
Do you support the back-to-work legislation if the government (inaudible)?

Stéphane Dion:
We will discuss that in the coming hours with the caucus but let me say that I'm surprised that the government yesterday chose a mediator and today, is announcing a back-to-work legislation. I don't understand why they came so speedily and they are contradicting themselves in their decisions. But this being said, it is not possible that we will support this legislation. We are just surprised that the government announced a mediator yesterday and they didn't have the time to take a coffee together, that already the government is looking for a back-to-work legislation.

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