Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Get Over It

Elizabeth May is set to have dinner with Jack Layton and has decided to bring Stephane Dion as a guest. Pretty innocent stuff in the grand scheme, in fact it would probably be a plus for our political discourse if leaders "mingled" from time to time. This reaction from the NDP is somewhat petty, not to mention childish:
A spokesman for Mr. Layton, Karl Belanger, did not sound keen on the May-Dion-Layton dinner.

"We didn’t talk about who this person might be," he said. "She won the auction, so we’ll see, but co-ordinating the schedule of three leaders . . . two leaders is already tricky. Three leaders could be even more tricky. But you know, it looks like the Liberal party would be well-represented at that dinner, since she’s the Liberal party candidate in Central Nova."

Just go to the dinner, shut your trap, stop with the political gamesmanship. Nobody is equating a dinner with a meaningful summit, simply an opportunity to sit down, chat, see if there is any common ground, on anything. When you think about which federal leader would probably cringe at the thoughts of this dinner party, it tells the NDP all they need to know. Get over it, what's the harm?

20 comments:

burlivespipe said...

Sounds like an ambush -- hey Jackie, circle the wagons~! Those scary other dudes are making a surprise charge. Ohh, those dirty rats, impinging Jack's dining experience.
Maybe Jack can park Olivia and bring his paramour Steve Harper along to balance the equation...

Steve V said...

burl

Actually, maybe Layton and Dion can gang up on May, and get her to tell Green candidate Andrew Lewis to stop resisting the Shun Lunn campaign.

northwestern_lad said...

Come on Steve... childish now??? The whole point about co-ordinating three federal party leaders schedules is a fair one, because their schedules are pretty jam-packed to begin with.

As for the quip about Ms. May's deal with Mr. Dion, that was just witty.

But all joking aside, doesn't this whole dinner story sound like something straight out of an episode of Seinfeld???

Greg said...

Just drink the Liberal Kool-Aid, Jack.

sassy said...

I'll bet there are a number of people who would like to be serving/waiting at the Parliamentary Restaurant on THAT night!

Not that a professional server would repeat anything that they overhear (discretion being the better part of valor and a good way to keep ones’ job), it would be interesting to watch the body language.

Like you say Steve, it’s only dinner, hope they all show up and have a nice evening.

Anonymous said...

Now that's funny. Well done Ms. May

Steve V said...

Cam

I read Belanger's dig as childish, but I may be biased :)

JimBobby said...

Whooee! I thought the thing about Lizzie Bein' the Liberal candidate was downright nasty. Accordin' to the Chronicle-Herald:

Mr. Layton auctioned off dinner for four with himself and Ms. Chow to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Dennis Bueckert, a respected Canadian Press environment and science reporter who died suddenly this year.

I'd say that this here Belanger feller's bein' disrespectful to the person who coughed up a thousan' smackers fer Jack's charitible cause. I don't see how Jack could back outta the dinner without lookin' like a complete horse's backend.

I hope they all have a good time at dinner. Why shouldn't they? They're all charmin', witty and intelligent adults, ain't they?

JB

MilitantLiberal said...

Hell invite Duceppe too. By the end of the dinner they would be going to the Governor general and asking to form a majority coalition govt.Joking, I know that would never happen but I'm curious if it is in fact procedurely possible for them to do that or would there have to be another election? I think the idea of May and Layton and Dion meeting is awesome.Maybe they will decide to turn their guns on Harper.

Ti-Guy said...

If it is an ambush, I hope May brings along a good supply of Nads to tear that dead squirrel off Jack's upper lip.

OMG...I'm so childish!

Dan McKenzie said...

I guess this is how Jack Layton intends to win over Liberal and Green voters...

Manuel said...

Aww thats cute, she thinks shes relevant.

Ti-Guy said...

Well, she's more relevant than you are.

Niles said...

So, three national political party leaders who actually showed their faces at the Press dinner, have found a way to have an informal lunch and learn under the umbrella of a charity prize linked to environmentalism and media notables. And have publicity for it from those also gathered at the Press dinner.

Communication rather than isolation. Informality rather than rigid guidelines. I hope it's positive for all of them, just as individuals, because that sort of example is positive for all of us.

saskboy said...

It's dinner parties like this that make American politics looks so dull.

I hope Dion accepts the invitation, and that Layton's handlers learn how to act professionally.

"The whole point about co-ordinating three federal party leaders schedules is a fair one, because their schedules are pretty jam-packed to begin with."

What utter claptrap. May is making time for it, and Layton was already too. The only consideration is when Dion can go, if he wants to.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Layton - man of principle, making parliament work - uh, huh.

We know Jack likes cheap affordable housing and he's licking his lips in anticipation of getting free lodgings at Stornoway - that's what it's all about.

He's such an egomaniac, really.

Anonymous said...

If anyone is an egomaniac it's Elizabeth May. Why doesn't she just give up on expecting the NDP to drink the cyanide laced Kool-Aid that she has already got the Green Party drinking from.

This is a woman who already sqawked "Jack Layton is willing to talk to Taliban, but he won't talk to me".

I think I'd have to think long and hard about what would be worse: dinner with Mullah Omar, dinner with Elizabeth may or passing a kidney stone.

northwestern_lad said...

Saskboy... I guess that you've had a lot of experience then trying to co-ordinate an event for one leader then, let alone to get 3 of them at the same place, at the same time. Granted, you could say that only Layton and Dion would have the real jam packed schedules... it's not like May has any MP's duties.

Steve V said...

Cam

To be fair, I don't recall Layton ever having trouble meeting with Harper over the years.

Dr. Tux said...

Elizabeth May invites Jack Layton to dinner and NDP supporters spit and hiss. What the hell is wrong with you guys?