Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Today's Dionspeak

An interesting scrum. Our boy still can't speak English worth a damn, but it's interesting to see a Quebecois-based party leader speaking up for Ontario when the Tories are trying so hard to dilute the rights and the clout of Ontario voters.


Question:
Has the Liberal caucus decided how it's going to vote on the redistribution of seats?

The Hon. Stéphane Dion:
We support the principle, rep by pop, representation by population. We think it's sad that the government decided to go unilaterally without consulting its constitutional partners, that means the provinces. And then you have the reaction of the Premier of Ontario learning by the newspapers, which is not necessarily bad, but it's not normal that he will not have his share of seats. So what we suggest is to look at that very carefully in committee to have that (inaudible).

Question:
So you want to amend this in committee?

The Hon. Stéphane Dion:
Yes. Yes. We don't think the formula that the Prime Minister provides is a good one, but we agree with the principle.

Question:
Do you agree with the Ontario Premier's problems with the (inaudible)?

The Hon. Stéphane Dion:
Yes, because if you are almost 40% of the population, how come you would end with 35% of the seats almost forever? So we think that the Prime Minister provides something. He did consult as he should the Premiers as he's doing about the senate reform by the way, and this is a mistake. It's not good federalism.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not to give the Conservatives much of a pass on this issue but at least made some efforts towards a little more equitable distribution of seats in Ontario.
Over 100 Liberal MPs in the House of Commons from Ontario for a ten year period, from 1993 on, and they said nothing about obviously unfairness of the distribution of seats for their own province.
Preston Manning always said that the demographic ground was shifting in Canada back 15 years ago
Alberta and BC combined would soon have as many people as Quebec and that within a lot of people's lifetime, each of they would likely have as many people as Quebec.
And how will Canada look politically when there are are 50 years and Ontario has almost 3X as many people as Quebec and Alberta and BC each have a larger population in Quebec.
And only 15% of the population has French as its mother tongue.