It's frankly one of the most absurd arguments I've heard in a long time, but it's really a testament to nothingness and deflection. Since when is outlining a plan to deal with fast changing economic circumstance an indication of "panic"? We've just seen two separate days this week, which showed the BIGGEST drops in stock market history, economic veterans with 30 years experience saying they've never seen anything like it. An American problem? No, actually I was referring to OUR stock market, our savings, our liquidity, people's investments, trivial matters of capital and profit.
Things are happening so quickly, OUR own Scotiabank has now uttered the R word for Canada, predicting that will we be in recession. That's not news to any of us in central Canada, and much of that has little to do with the past week, in fact we've seen erosion for MONTHS. Maybe an added factor, potash is in the tank, analysts are now predicting the party is over in Saskatchewan, expect a major housing market correction. Yes, yes, good news everywhere, the fundamentals are strong.
It's is debatable how much influence government can have on the economy, but no one disputes that the tenor of said government can really influence consumer confidence. When faced with a crisis, it is imperative that people have the impression that all oars are in the water, the government focused like a laser beam, doing everything in it's power to mitigate the damage. That, in a nutshell, is what leadership is all about... well, except in Canada apparently. No, in Canada, if a person outlines an action plan to bring together all our top minds, economic and political, to develop a coherent path forward, it's called "panic", it's a flip flop or some other asinine characterization.
And yet? The same character, who all week repeatedly told us all is well, now suddenly has a PLATFORM. Presto, it just appears and the nation will be better for it, a steady hand at the helm. Hypocrisy, double speak, intellectually dishonest, you name it, that's our Conservative government. Sounds to me like somebody is reacting to events on the ground, or more correctly somebody is in damage control mode.
How any rational person can criticize Dion for denoting the seriousness, for advocating swift response, is more a testament to their own partisan nonsense, than any fair judgement on the wisdom. When the populus is worried, they want a sense that you RECOGNIZE REALITY AND ARE ACTING, they don't want the "fundamentals are strong", don't worry, particularly when we can all see that those pillars are wobbling by the DAY.
The only panic I see, the Conservatives scrambling to cobble together a couple tertiary ideas for the sudden platform. A little behind the curve, don't you think?