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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Transcripts from Harper, Dion and Duceppe's speeches

This evening PM Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Stephane Dion addressed Canadians by releasing tapes to the media.

New Democrat leader Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe also spoke to the press.

Here are the transcripts for Harper's address (English, French), Dion's address (English, French) and Gilles Duceppe's response.

Here's a word cloud of Harper's brief chat with Canadians:


And this is a word cloud from Dion's longer address, with an appropriate dose of green:


Harper's big words seems to be separatists, time, and budget.

Dion's big words are economy, jobs, and work.

Anything stick out to you?

UPDATE: Here's Layton's speech. This was made from the English portions:


Posted by Kalim Kassam on December 3, 2008 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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If kleptocratic econimics created jobs and prosperity we would be dictating policy to the IMF and not vice versa.

Dion's a putz
Harper's a pussy
Layton's a greed head
Duceppe has already left the building so why worry what he thinks
May left the planet years ago

weve been in a leadership crisis for decades.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux | 2008-12-03 6:56:20 PM

I heard a differnt version of Dions speech than you posted. To me it sounded more like this...
Canada is facing de impacts of de global economic crisis. Our economy is on the verge of a ressession. Canadians are worried about losing dheir jobs, dheir homes, dheir savings. Every economist in the country is predicting increased job losses and deficits for the next few years.
The federal government has a duty to act and help Canadians weather this storm.
Stephen Arper still refuses to propose measures to stimulate the Canadian economy. His mini-budget last week demonstrated that his priority is partisanship and settling ideological scores.
The Arper Conservatives have lost the confidence of the majority of Members of the House of Commons. In our democracy, in our parliamentary system, in our Constitution, this means that they have lost the right to govern.
Canadians don want another erection, dhey want Parliamentarians to work together. That’s or job. Canadians want dheir MPs to put aside partisanship and focus on the economy.
Da Liberal Party and da New Democratic Party are ready to doo dis. Jack Layton and I have agreed to form a coalition government to address the impact of the global economic crisis. The Bloc has agreed to support this government on matters of confidence. The Green Party has also agreed to support it.
Or system of governmen was not born with Canada. It is anchent. Dere are rules dat govern it and conventions dat guide it.
Coalitions are noremal and currrent practice in many parts of the word and art able to work very successssfully. They work wit simple ingredients: consensus, godwill and coperation. Consensus is da great Canadian value. In dis spirit, we Liberals ave joined in a coalation with dee EnDeePee. We have done so because we belied we can achieve more for Canadians through coperation dan through conflict. We believ we better solve de challengos facing Canada trough teamwok and collaboation, rader than blind pardisan feuding and ostility.
Our coalistion is a consensuss to govern with a gobble dee gook program to address the most important issue facing the country: da survivel uf da liberal pardy. It is a program to gobble and suck jobs from da western Canada and to stimulate the economy in quebek. De elements of De program done need to be spelled out is nod impotant. Only me being da Prime Minister to the House of Commons is impotant.
All the rest is nodting!! Only ME!!! Power adt all cost. Fuct da west! Fuct da countree! Only ME being da Prime Ministor!!! Dats all now shud up and give me power!!!!

Posted by: Tim | 2008-12-03 7:50:33 PM

I liked it where he slipped and mentioned that he'd annex the Sudetenland.

HOW do you make a VIDEO of that poor quality (it looked like it was shot on a $10 webcam) and still manage to NOT get it on air in time? Did he not know when the broadcast was? I enjoyed the padding they had the anchors do. They looked very ill at ease, probably watching the clock and trying to make some excuses for the Lib's no-show. Kevin Newman even fell on his sword saying it was THEIR technical issue.

Unbelievable. And they still think they could run a country?

Posted by: Ross | 2008-12-03 8:16:16 PM

If kleptocratic econimics created jobs and prosperity we would be dictating policy to the IMF and not vice versa.
Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux | 3-Dec-08 6:56:20 PM

Man, That is exactly the truth!
We've been manipulated and robbed by those bastards for decades now.

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-03 8:17:46 PM

@ Tim:
Because mocking French accents in English Canada is much more acceptable than mocking English accents in Québec, and more relevant than substance in either.

Posted by: Tenebris | 2008-12-03 8:34:05 PM

You do realize, of course, Kalim, that the government can neither generate wealth nor create jobs? It can only create an environment favourable for private enterprise to do so. That thirty billion bucks that the Lippers cobbled together has not only not been sourced, but it's irresponsible to bring out a stimulus plan without consulting with the U.S.

If there's one thing this recession has taught us, it's that what affects the Americans also affects us. It would be prudent to wait and see what the U.S. has in the wings before we commit to a program ourselves. Our solutions to our problems need neither their permission nor approval. But to pretend that our problems are completely isolated from theirs is a fantasy.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-12-03 9:26:02 PM

Shane- They can, however, create debt, inflation, and an environment that kills business. Pretty well just the bad stuff. The favourable environment is usually the result of government keeping out of our business.

Posted by: dp | 2008-12-03 10:12:15 PM

Indeed governments do NOT create jobs. And FDR policies were an unmitigated disaster. Yet we try them again and again and again.

As for coalition governments they are unstable worldwide and the reality of mob rule regimes such as Germany and Denmark, not suitable for freedom loving people.

Posted by: Faramir | 2008-12-03 10:50:44 PM

Approaching 200,000 signatures:

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-17 6:48:36 PM

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