By Gerry Werthers
Stephane Dion did not let down Canadians. Canadians let down Stephane Dion.
They were quick to buy into the attack ads, first aired during the Super Bowl Game two years ago. Imagine getting harassed every day in your job for the last two years. The polls on him were amplified by the media, and this affected future polls.
Most people in Alberta didn't even know who Mr. Dion was, apart from his picture in the attack ads. It's a wonder how some of the press gallery photographers got their jobs, they took such bad photos of him.
Many famous leaders in the world were poor communicators at first, but they had people around them who coached and encouraged them. Mr. Dion's communications department was his own worst enemy. They never made him look good and that is suspicious.
Stephen Harper barely speaks to reporters. Mr. Dion, as president, chaired the UNFCCC on Climate Change in Montreal in 2005. There were over 2500 delegates, 4500 NGO reps, 700 media and 120 ministers of the environment in attendance. It was the largest non-sporting event in Montreal, since EXPO 67.
After all Mr. Dion has done to unify the country and try to move it forward, the Canadian public, the media and a few Brutuses in Parliament now want him out. Mr. Harper is hell-bent on destroying him and it looks like he might succeed with the help of the media. Don't be fooled or you'll be an accomplice. Wake up Canada!
(I hope Mr. Manley reads these comments)
This was originally posted on the Globe and Mail Web site in response to an anti-Stephane Dion commentary by former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley. It has been reproduced on Straight.com with the permission of Werthers, a Vancouver resident.