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May 24, 2007

Stéphane Dion's Trip to Peterborough

I've had the most awesome, inspiring day. I had the chance to meet someone who accomplished the impossible, given my experience of recent months: restored my faith in politicians (or at least some politicians).

I had the chance to spend about a couple of hours in the company of Stéphane Dion and to watch how he treats other people. He was in Peterborough today to tour St. Joseph's at Fleming -- a state-of-the-art eldercare facility -- and to spend some time with our newly elected Federal Liberal candidate, Betsy McGregor.

Here are my impressions.

Stéphane Dion was kind and respectful to everyone we met, from the youngest child to the most elderly senior citizen. It was the little things that really caught my eye -- the way he'd knock on a resident's door before entering (even though other people in the group barged in ahead of him, forgetting that they were entering someone's home, not a retail store front or some other public space). Not every toddler or aged senior was thrilled to have a politician in their presence: he acknowledged this with grace. Other people had expressed an interest in meeting him, including one older gentleman who was clearly his number one fan.

Some people have been spending a lot of time, energy, and money manufacturing a mythology about this man because the simple facts about Stéphane Dion are clearly fightening -- and threatening -- to many people.

He speaks the truth.
He is genuine.
He is likeable.
He is forthright.
He is thoughtful and intelligent.
He has principles.
He is a man of vision.
He is inspiring.
He is someone you can believe in.
He treats people with respect.
He embodies so many great Canadian values.

He would make a wonderful Prime Minister.

And, yes, I sound like a rock star groupie.


I can tell you this: I wasn't the only one.

In fact, I'd be willing to bet no one else who met Dion today got any work done for the rest of the day either. Our day was that inspiring.

Jason Cherniak's comments on this leg of the tour - Part I
Part II
Peterborough Examiner

Stéphane Dion's 2008 visit to Peterborough


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I had the opportunity to meet Stephane Dion last June when he was in Peterborough. We spent over thirty minutes one on one discussing the softwood lumber issue. I agree with your perception of his character and personality ! Just a reminder, Peterborough was not Dion country during the leadership race !
In politics the overriding consideration is ,are they electable ? I believe Stephan Dion will make a great prime Minister.

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