Thursday, May 17, 2007

Today's Dionspeak

(Today, Dion can't finish a scrum without reverting to French. A real back-slide in his quest to become bilingue...)

Question:
Mr. Dion, is your party or the opposition parties partly to blame for the sort of atmosphere in the Commons now? I mean...

Stéphane Dion:
What we have done wrong?

Question
(Inaudible)

Stéphane Dion:
No, what we have done wrong? I mean everybody may agree that I have always taken the high road, I'm not calling names, I'm respecting my opponents, but the prime minister is always going to low politics. Look what he did this week, when he claimed that the report was blaming the action plan of the official languages when the report of the commissioner is praising the action plan. It is a report years ago that was saying we need an action plan. He misled the House very clearly.

Question:
Is this just partly a power play, a contest of will? I mean for example the opposition side removed a Conservative committee chair. They closed down the meeting.

Stéphane Dion:
Okay, but...

Question:
Should we kind of fight over control here?

Stéphane Dion:
No, no, but in all fairness, the opposition parties came to this conclusion because the chair didn't want to hear witnesses who came so far, from Winnipeg at their own expenses or at least, they went from Winnipeg and he cancelled without any reason. So he lost the confidence of the committee for very valid reasons. It is very clear, it is not - c'est pas une raison frivole, c'est pour une raison valable qu'ils ont été obligés de faire çal. D'accord? Merci beaucoup.

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