"When it comes to clarity, what can be clearer than this: we need to make polluters pay and put every single penny back in the hands of Canadians through progressive tax cuts:" Stéphane Dion, June 19, 2008.
This is why many of us chose to support Stéphane Dion during the 2006 leadership race. This is bold, well-thought out and balanced, it shows he has guts. The plan released today looks like a good chunk of the entire Liberal campaign platform in many ways. The over-arching theme of uniting our concerns for the environment and social equity along with a growing, sustainable economy - Stéphane Dion's mantra - is clear throughout.
I think only the most slimy, partisan opponents will have mostly negative things to say about this (as I type this, I'm listening to Stephen "I won't tax income trusts" Harper's "crazy" attack on Mr. Dion's proposals). For a leader who has struggled to define himself, this plan should go a long way to improving Stéphane Dion's image as a tough and bold leader in the minds of thoughtful Canadians. This is a good day. I'd even say that today's release marks a major turning point in Mr. Dion's leadership for the better.
I'm proud to be a Liberal today.