Tories 'frantically trying to imitate' Liberals: Dion
Date: Tuesday, January 23 2007
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | 11:22 AM ET
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion told his caucus Tuesday that the Conservative government is so panicked it's copying Liberal ideas and policies.
Dion said Prime Minister Stephen Harper made environmental promises last week that are similar to ones the Liberals have long called for.
Harper and the Conservatives promised to spend $1.5 billion on alternative energy technologies, $230 million on clean energy technologies and $300 million on helping Canadians make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient.
"We must have done something right because Mr. Harper is now frantically trying to imitate us," Dion said, in French, at the start of his caucus meeting.
He is meeting with Liberal senators and members of Parliament for two days in Quebec City. The Liberals will discuss the strategies and policies they will adopt when Parliament resumes Monday, after the holiday break.
Dion, who received a standing ovation from his cheering caucus Tuesday, conceded that it is a good thing the Conservatives are taking on some Liberal priorities.
"They are not doing it as well as we did, but at least they are imitating us," he said. "At least they are doing a little bit."
He said what the Conservatives lack is conviction. He accused them of not being as committed to the environment, social justice and economic prosperity as the Liberals are.
"Mr. Harper will never be able to imitate these convictions and Canadians know this," he said.
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 24, 2007]