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    December 03, 2008

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    DD4Y

    "2) I must apolog2) ize and retract my statement about Stephane Dion having publicly stated he would step down. I am sorry, and have misinformed you. Apparently he has not been talking about it, just everyone else has. Gleefully, I might add. Oh and apparently his French skills are better than I thought... wow I sure have lost a lot of French in learning Portuguese...
    FACT - Stephane Dionne is stepping down. There is a leadership convention in May. After that conference, whomever is chosen Liberal leader would become the leader of the coalition.

    Daily Rio Life


    In case people are interested:

    There is going to be a protest at 1pm, on Thursday, December 4th, at NDP M.P. Linda Duncan's office at 10049 81st Avenue in Edmonton. All Edmontonions and Albertans get out and protest!
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    Please visit, and sign up for a national day of protest, on Saturday, December 6th:

    http://www.rallyforcanada.ca
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    Please sign the online petitions at:

    http://www.canadians4democracy.ca
    http://www.petitiononline.com/CANADIAN/petition.html
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    E-mail Campaign:

    Stephane Dion: Dion.S@parl.gc.ca
    Jack Layton: Layton.J@parl.gc.ca
    Governor General: info@gg.ca

    E-mail the Queen:
    http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page3776.asp

    The Queen has ultimate authority here and is likely advising the Governor General, so this is a good avenue!


    November 29th, 3pm e.t. ~ 550 + members
    November 30th, 1pm e.t. ~ 1,130 + members
    December 1st, 9pm e.t. ~ 3,500 + members
    December 2nd, 8pm e.t. ~ 25,000 + members

    Daily Rio Life

    Gotta just say...
    I can certainly see why people are annoyed with Stephen Harper (arrives in a motorcade at Rideau Hall this morning after traveling literally across the street from his official residence...?). But again I am all for a united front in Canada.

    Some interesting things from Rick Mercer's blog yesterday - read the whole thing yourself here: http://www.rickmercer.com/blog/index.cfm/2008/12/3 (RM is calling for the resignation of both Dion and Harper, by the way, which I don't really agree with either...)include:

    "And so we now face the notion that within a matter of days or weeks a Liberal NDP Bloc coalition led by Stephane Dion could form a new government of Canada. Stephen Harper will have no choice but to quickly rebrand the Conservatives as Canada's New Opposition.

    In theory a coalition could work. If aliens from outer space landed and were running roughshod over the country perhaps a Liberal, a socialist and a separatist could put their differences aside and work together to defeat the alien overlords. A global economic crisis, however, is probably not enough for these three wildly divergent visions of Canada to gel.

    This is many things. It is unimaginable, it is a little embarrassing and, it makes our parliamentary system look like a laughing stock.

    However it is not, as Stephen Harper insists, undemocratic, illegal or un-Canadian."

    ends with:

    "And so as we come down to the wire, and both leaders are digging in, we can only hope that this unprecedented bizarre week gets just a little stranger.

    Because in a week where every day we have seen things never before predicted there is a simple solution.

    We need one more historic press conference attended by two political enemies. A joint press conference between Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion.

    A historic event where they both apologise to their country and their parties, in that order, and then they resign immediately – no questions please.

    Because quite frankly they deserve one another and Canada deserves better."

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