Thursday, October 16, 2008

To kick Dion to the curb, or not to kick Dion to the curb... that is the question.

There’s been increasing pressure for Dion to step down as Liberal leader following the big loss on election day.

Dion’s not all that bad. His leadership speech was funny and powerful. He talked about how the world is becoming more interested in doing things in a sustainable way, and how by becoming more sustainable here in Canada, building upon the technology we have and the experts we have, we are in a good position. By becoming more concerned about the environment and building on our strengths, we can stimulate Canada's economy. The world would want to invest here. He was charismatic. He’s a little awkward and has trouble hearing/understanding what the reporters are asking of him. But he admits this fault. He’s real.

He’s not my favourite choice for Liberal leader, but I can tell you who’s even further to the bottom. Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae. Both are supposedly “waiting in the wings” for him to fall.

Seriously, after what Bob Rae did to Ontario as the NDP Premier, I don’t think his leadership will help gain back the votes lost to the Conservatives this time around. Also, Ignatieff, before he came back to teach at the University of Toronto and run for leadership of the party in 2005, was living in either Britain or the United States since 1978. Even if you don't mind that he hasn't lived in Canada for approximately 30 years, he is way too academic. Sure, he’s smart, but the average Canadian can not relate to him at all.

Enter Gerard Kennedy. Charismatic. He was a high-ranking minister in Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario government. He has experience. He is from the west. He started Edmonton’s first food bank. He’s a nice guy who Canadians can relate to. He’s genuine. His leadership speech the first time around gave me goosebumps and made me excited for the country he would lead. I hope he runs again, for the good of all Canadians.

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