I am blogging about this now as it took me a few hours to calm down after all the condescending BS that came from Mr. Dion's mouth, and of course other prominent Liberals.
Mr. Dion is delusional if he is pinning most of the blame on the Conservative's superior financial position. Mr. Dion is clearly not accepting blame for his historic defeat, even in his final weeks and months as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada he is not acting like a leader, no, he is acting like a Liberal. Defuse, deflect, and blame others.
At the end of the day, it is Mr. Dion's fault they lost the election:
- Mr. Dion failed to ignite the grassroots to support him, or the Liberal party, both in volunteers, and in donations;
- Mr. Dion failed to reform the Liberal party's donation strategy and bring it into the 21st century;
- Mr. Dion failed to unify the party, and bring in seasoned help from accomplished Liberal party operatives, instead relying on incompetent and unpopular supporters;
- Mr. Dion failed to listen to advice given by his strategists and campaign teams;
- Mr. Dion failed to create a compelling and moderate platform, instead, hitching the entire success and failure of the campaign on an unpopular wealth redistribution scheme he liked to call the "Green Shift"
- Mr. Dion failed to have the courage of his convictions in the promotion of his "Green Shift", instead burying it and not discussing it when he realized it wasn't going to sell;
- Most importantly, Mr. Dion failed to inspire Canadians to rally behind him, instead, he had to rely on his team to turn Liberal fortunes around. The Liberal vote has declined for 3 straight elections.
Mr. Dion and other Liberals blame the Conservative advertising machine, instead of their policies, and their performance. He basically called Canadian's stupid, by saying that Canadians were too stupid to see through the Conservative "propaganda", he claims the "Green Shift" was an income tax cut, not a carbon tax.
When answering questions after his statement he claims his government would have been much better, and that in democracy you don't have to agree with the people, just accept their judgment. Again, he basically calls Canadians stupid. He also again links the Conservatives with the evil Americans and Australians.
I am sure the real motive behind Stephane Dion's decision to remain as party leader is a chance to have a do over at leading the Liberal's in another election. He is hoping the Government falls before the next leader is chosen, even though his image is "cemented" in the minds of Canadians.
Mr. Dion will be an ineffective leader of the opposition as he is a lame duck, and his best MPs will be crisscrossing the country on their own leadership tours. Be prepared for lots of Liberal MPs to come down with the democratic flu.