The political attack was prompted by an opinion piece published in a Montreal newspaper by Jocelyn Coulon, the Liberal candidate in Outremont, which stressed the importance of Canada's natural resources, including its water.
But Coulon, a well-known political commentator and academic, said it's clear he wasn't referring to bulk exports of water.
Dion, radical lefty:
Baird said he was baffled by the remarks since Liberal leader Stéphane Dion last week accused the Harper government of "secret negotiations" to export water in bulk to the U.S.
"It's a joke, and it's almost like (Dion) can't find enough to oppose what's in the government's agenda that he has to join the extreme left in aligning himself to get any traction, which is crazy," Baird said.
Baird added Dion was starting to make NDP leader Jack Layton look Conservative by endorsing the "fear-mongering" of left-of-centre lobby groups.
Layton Conservative, Dion “extreme left”? Clearly, Baird is carrying the NDP’s water in Outremont, trying to undermine the Liberals for NDP advantage. Baird is obviously making his comments at the request of the PMO, as surrogate pitbull. The Liberals are being attacked from all sides, the NDP lumps them in with the Conservatives, the Conservatives liken Dion to a marxist. If you counter-balance the criticisms, it says mainstream, which probably explains the contradictory attacks.