Talk:Stéphane Dion

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Alma mater[edit]

I noticed that Sciences Po is not listed. It may be beneficial to list it. I would add it but I do not have the permission to do so. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:17, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Attenion: references in this article require FULL CITATION format[edit]

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Vandalism by the same editor[edit]

Since this editor has being repeatedly posting libelous and other miscellaneous nonsensical edits for months, and not to mention all the problems Dion did/is/will faced/facing/face in the coming weeks, this page is locked to anon users for 6 months.--JForget 02:25, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Alma mater[edit]

I noticed that Sciences Po is not listed. It may be beneficial to list it. I would add it but I do not have the permission to do so. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:15, 8 April 2009 (UTC)


Je me suis assis = I sat down, not I was seated. As a non-established user I can't make this minor change (or be bothered to log in). 00:03, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

The word "delusion" should be replaced with the word "paranoia" in the political cartoon as this is plainly the correct translation and does impact the meaning —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:53, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Retire the Cartoon?[edit]

I fail to understand why the political cartoon is included with the Dion article. We don't see political cartoons with the articles of the other political leaders. To me, they should all have a cartoon, or (my preference) the cartoon in the Dion article should be deleted. Can anyone say why Dion deserves a cartoon and the others (e.g., Harper, Layton, Doucette) don't? Generally speaking, I like political cartoons, but maybe the cartoons belong with the "editorial cartoons" article instead.Que-Can 02:07, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

I have an alternate suggestion: why don't we add the follow-up cartoon from the 2006 leadership contest, wherein Dion was depicted as removing his rat costume and developing a new identity. CJCurrie 02:13, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Come on, that cartoon does not belong in an encyclopedia. Misterip 23:34, 11 November 2007 (UTC)
How do we arrive at a consensus to remove the cartoon? Misterip 11:36, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
Consensus on removal (or not) may be achieved on the Talk page. Failing consensus, someone could just remove the cartoon, someone else would then add it back, and then it would be deleted again, and so on, and so on... Let's see if we can find consensus.Que-Can 23:26, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
For what it's worth, editorial cartoons are actually more notable in regards to some politicians than others — it really depends on the individual circumstances. The difference has to do with how notable the cartoons are for their own sake; fairly or not, public perception of some politicians has been significantly influenced by their depiction in editorial cartoons, and it would be a disservice to our readers to talk about their depiction in cartoons but not show an example. Dion-as-rat is, unfortunately, a significant example of that. Whereas for some other politicians it would just be trivia — there simply aren't any editorial cartoons of Harper or Layton that qualify as inherently notable examples of their depiction in the press, so it would just be including a cartoon for the sake of including a cartoon. Conversely, however, there are some other examples of where we should probably find copies of the relevant cartoons: Joe Clark (whose public image was very disproportionately defined by his depiction in editorial cartoons), some of the Dalton McGuinty-as-lizard panels, Gilles Duceppe in his hair net (notable because it was still standard practice to draw a hairnet on Duceppe's head in cartoons years after the hairnet incident), Aislin's Mulroney-as-assface cartoon (arguably the single most famous editorial cartoon in Canadian media history). Bearcat 17:50, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
Interesting observation by Bearcat. I don't quite agree with the opinion "there simply aren't any editorial cartoons of Harper or Layton that qualify as inherently notable examples of their depiction in the press." I'd say there are plenty out there already. we want to litter the Wikipedia articles with editorial cartoons, or do they belong together in a separate article?Que-Can (talk) 15:38, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
I'm not saying that Harper and Layton aren't depicted in editorial cartoons. But for neither of them has their representation in editorial cartoons ever (a) become notable for its own sake, or (b) turned into a defining feature of how they're perceived by the public. Bearcat (talk) 19:46, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

My old "World Book Encyclopedia" often included cartoons in politicians' entries, so there's nothing new about finding them in an encyclopedia. Actually, I remember as a kid how they were a main attraction that got me interested in lots of articles. The image of John A. Macdonald pocketing money from the Pacific Scandal sticks in my memory, for example. The real criterion should be whether the image is of significance: is it 'iconic'? does it graphically illustrate an important controversy? etc. etc.

The answer here is clearly "yes". From the get-go, Dion was regularly portrayed as "the rat" in LaPresse (Quebec's biggest circulation newspaper). This particular cartoon epitomizes why that rat image stuck so tenaciously. In pushing through the Clarity Act, Dion stirred up a vast and deeply felt enmity among many if not most francophones. For years he could not show his face publicly in the province without being heckled. There were anecdotes about Dion being booed at hockey games, shouted down at meetings, and for one period he even needed some police protection. So the cartoon is actually a lighthearted way of conveying what must have been a very disturbing daily reality for Dion. In short, the image is relevant and significant; it definitely deserves to be kept.--Scarborite (talk) 06:37, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

War in Afghanistan[edit]

Should there be a section on his position? Misterip 13:41, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

Is there one yet? --soulscanner (talk) 06:22, 18 February 2008 (UTC)


Too many one sided op-ed pieces here from conservatives in the National Post. They should either be removed and replaced with relatively neutral description of events, or balanced with opinion pieces more favorable to Dion's postitions. --soulscanner (talk) 06:36, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Aside from "taunts" -- which I reverted to "criticism" -- and the one-sided view on anti-poverty measures (which is, after all, just one person's evaluation of a specific policy), the material here is not inherently POV. There were important perceived policy reversals and a significant and long-term drop in leadership support, and we have adequate documentation of this. There's no reason to label this section POV (at least, no more reason than for any other section).
If there are POV concerns, they are presumeably based on OTHER information which hasn't been supplied. What is that info? Please get some documented information which either negates the info already posted or rebalances it in some way before labelling things POV. Otherwise, we could pretty well label everything in a politcally charged article like this 'POV'.
Before signing off, I'd like to praise Soulscanner's reorganizational efforts in the "Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs" and Gomery Inquiry sections. The text flows more logically (and chronologically), the headers make more sense, and there are improvements in wording and perspective. It's the biggest improvement in the article as a whole that we've seen in quite awhile.--Eric1960 (talk) 22:14, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
Taunts is the word used in the article, not mine. This indicates a highly partisan debate in the Commons. Lets represent what is written, and not what we'd like to see. There's no problem giving partisan criticism (the Prime Minister's opinion is noteworthy) as long as it is identified as such.
The POV concerns stem from the fact that the indicated sources are all op-ed pieces from authors routinely critical of the Liberals, and not identified as such. Generic "criticisms" are not particularly noteworthy when they come from sources routinely critical of the subject. They need to be balanced by op-ed pieces more sympathetic to the person. The article says "flip-flop", not "perceived policy reversal", which itself is somewhat telling of the overall tone of the article. It is a partisan screed and shouldn't be presented as an objective review of the political climate.
As for the economic analysis, it is valid, but politically biased. The absolute measure of poverty is prefered by neo-conservatives, and relative measures prefered by social democrats. Both are legitimate measures. Presenting a conservative view as objective fact not balancing it with a social democratic view (which would be more sympathetic to Dion's leftish views) is POV. I ask not that it be removed, but that it be presented as a criticism by someone ideologically hostile to Dion.
I'll ask you to leave on the tags until we have discussed these issues further. The tag clearly stays if there is a NPOV dispute, and this definitely qualifies [1]. Edit wars with NPOV tags are not cool. --soulscanner (talk) 10:50, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
I fixed the section a little. Added some summaries of Dion's positions, as well as some criticisms all found in the articles. Op-ed pieces still need balancing, though. Perhaps we can ask for a refernce or a hird party opinion on whether they constitute POV in the absence of balancing opinions. --soulscanner (talk) 11:19, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Dion stephane051128.jpg[edit]

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CJCurrie and POVicide...[edit]

Dear powers that be...

CJCurrie has once again been demanding that I "revert" information, claiming "3RR" and "POV" and whatnot. All of this is déja vu, as you can ascertain for yourselves by going into the archives of the talk page of this article.

As in the past, what the issue really boils down to is this: CJ seems to believe that he (well, possibly "she", though I doubt it) has the right to erase any new info on the grounds that it is "POV". The fact is, we are dealing with political events, and the outcomes are always going to seem "POV" to some degree. This is not a reason to delete information. Wikipedia's general policy must promote the preservation of significant information by encouraging editing practices that support a neutral presentation. Deletion of significant information is really just a form of vandalism; if an editor sees a need to present material more neutrally, either he or she must be committed to doing some editing work to rebalance the presentation, or else he or she should leave the information alone.--Eric1960 (talk) 01:32, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Please don't insult our intelligence with comments like this. Anyone who takes the time to look through your contributions will understand what's really going on here. CJCurrie (talk) 01:55, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
"Anyone who takes the time to look through your contributions..."
Hey, I absolutely encourage people to investigate this claim. They will discover that while I contribute, edit, balance ... CJCurrie primarily deletes. This is a pattern that has gone on for almost two years now. I contribute -- and then CJCurrie deletes, CJCurrie whines and accuses, and when he doesn't manage to expurgate everything that doesn't suit his peculiar tastes, he demands that the editorial equivalent of martial law be imposed. The people who have been around ... GoldDragon, etc. -- will know what I'm talking about. For others: please, by all means, check out the archives.--Eric1960 (talk) 03:04, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Policy on the Iraq War[edit]

Today, I provided Wikipedia readers with some information on the above topic. Less than five hours later the entire section was deleted without any explanation for the deletion. Nor were there any tags used to help me understand the nature of the disagreement. The protocol in Wikipedia is to use the discussion page to explain why edits are made. I graciously invite all editors to do so. Perhaps we can work something out that we can both agree on. This will prevent an endless and unproductive series of edits and counter edits. Thank you for listening and have a good day.Boyd Reimer (talk) 01:18, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Actually, you used the Liberal Party's "Policy on the Iraq War" as the foundation for a rather slanted commentary on war resistors. Why you'd decide to target Stephane Dion on this point is something of a mystery. CJCurrie (talk) 01:31, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Greetings CJCurrie, I am not sure if it was you who again deleted the entire section. Correct me if I am wrong, but I will assume it was you. Why would you delete the entire section, title and all? Do you feel that the Iraq War is not a large enough issue for someone who has been the leader of Official Opposition in Canada since December, 2006? Boyd Reimer (talk) 02:19, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

What you're adding is not an WP:NPOV summary of Dion's position on the Iraq War, but a very slanted and context-deficient guilt-by-insinuation screed on what you believe his policy should be, using one particular war deserter named Corey Glass — who's only just been fresh news within the past few days — to illustrate a POV essay. While a neutral, properly-worded section on Dion vis-à-vis Iraq could possibly be perfectly valid content for this article if somebody were to add one, what you're attempting to add simply doesn't clear that bar. I'd also be very curious to know why you think a POV statement about Corey Glass is somehow more relevant to Stéphane Dion than it would be to, say, Stephen Harper, Maxime Bernier, Rob Nicholson or somebody else who was actually in a position of power to do anything one way or the other about Corey Glass. (Granted that Bernier was a little bit, um, distracted. But he was still External Affairs minister when the ruling came down.) Bearcat (talk) 02:24, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
As usual, Bearcat does a better job of writing my thoughts than I do..... Dbrodbeck (talk) 02:48, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Carbon tax debate[edit]

This article is badly out of date. The debate long ago moved on from election timing and so-called internal discord and by far now the most significant focus of the press around Dion is his carbon tax proposal.

Even his enemies are acknowledging the gutsiness of this approach, though usually when Harper or MacKay talk about it they mix in some questionable spin. They seem to be afraid of this debate. The national press has been much more balanced and almost always acknowlege the courage of the plan and the need to put a price on carbon [2] [3] regardless of by which means this is done. The consensus on all sides is that Dion has "bet his leadership" on this issue and this proposal, so it certainly deserves a whole section of this article and much more attention than this old "internal discord" debate.

The proposal has brought on a profound range of comment [4] especially from Alberta separatists and climate change deniers [5]. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:25, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Not a leader[edit]

He speaks in a very peculiar way too. Does he suffer from a mental impairment of some kind? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:51, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

English isn't his first language. And this really isn't the place to discuss our opinions of him as a person; it's a place to discuss improvements and changes to the article. Bearcat (talk) 01:41, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Greenshift Copywrite Infringement[edit]

From the documents I've looked at the 'Green Shift' company, mentioned in the Green Shift section in the article, filed for its copyright protection and forgot to finish their paperwork--thus nulling their their claim of copyright protection against the Liberal party.

And almost all legal actions, judging from the proceedings of the court case between the and the Liberal party have halted. It seems to be a null issue now so I advocate for its removal from the article.

Since I'm a new member I'd prefer someone else do these edits. I'm still learning how to edit articles and I'm afraid I might make Wikipedia explode if I do something wrong..Karthan (talk) 02:03, 19 September 2008 (UTC)


No Objective analysis can yield the conclusion that Dion is a Trudeau federalist. He is in no way a Trudeau "centralist," he is very much a decentralist. Surely defending the very basis of a state does not make you a centralist, as a federal politician. The SUFA explicitly undermines Trudeau's views on the federal spending power, as does Dion's support for Meech Lake. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:42, 20 September 2008 (UTC)


1) In the first sentence of "Parliamentary Opposition", "attempting to capitalized" should be changed to "attempting to capitalize".

2) In the last line of "Supreme Court reference re Secession of Quebec", the word "favor" should be replaced with its Canadian spelling, "favour." This would be in keeping with the spelling of "-our" words used throughout in the article, including "favour" itself (under "Clarity Act"). The word "favoring" comes up under "Internal Discord" and should be replaced with "favouring".

3) Other spellings which fall under "American" include "defense" (Brit "defence") and "labeled" (Brit "labelled"). However, I suspect that in these cases either spelling is acceptable to most English Canadian readers. Could anyone suggest a source to consult?

4) Where it says "Shortly after Dion lead the Liberal caucus" it's the past tense, so that should be "led."

Langues (talk) 05:33, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Um, when it comes to typos, you can go ahead and fix them yourself; that's what the edit button is for. And it takes less time than explaining it here. --Saforrest (talk) 16:43, 15 October 2008 (UTC)
The page is protected or semi-protected. I don't know if registered users can edit. (talk) 03:22, 5 December 2008 (UTC) has a good point. It is semi-protected but, at the time, Langues was not auto-confirmed so could not edit it. DoubleBlue (talk) 04:00, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Dion's resignation[edit]

Dion didn't say he was resigning as Liberal Leader in May 2009. He said he was resigning when the party selects his successor (which might be in May 2009). GoodDay (talk) 19:27, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

As of tonight (2008-12-01, 17h00), it seems that the coalition government is almost formed, lacking only the signing of the document. According to latest news, Stephane Dion is to be the prime minister if the coalition is made effective.

Dion has announced his resignation as Liberal leader, to take effect when his successor is chosen. PS- sorta similiar to what he announced in October. GoodDay (talk) 19:05, 8 December 2008 (UTC)


This guy might just be PM in as little as less than a week. Do we have any decent photos, of good quality without a busy background or motion blur, to show him off? Radagast (talk) 03:39, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

The 40th Parliament has been suspended until Jan 26, 2009. GoodDay (talk) 20:59, 4 December 2008 (UTC)


Could someone (who know how) update the Infobox. Dion's resignation as Liberal leader has taken effect, as Michael Ignatieff has been chosen the interim leader. Also, Ignatieff has become the Opposition leader. GoodDay (talk) 17:10, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Nevermind, I've updated it. GoodDay (talk) 17:35, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Neutral Tone[edit]

I want to dicuss this quote with respect to tone:

"Dion is a former academic who served as a cabinet minister under Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. Like all former Cabinet ministers, he is a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and has the right to the style "The Honourable" and the postnominal "PC" for life"

The implication is that he should not be part of the Privy Council. This implication contradicts Wikipedia's Policy of Neutral Point of View. Without knowing much about the Privy Council, I would suggest this section be rewritten as: "Dion is a former cabinet minister, and as such, is a Member of the Privy Council."

Let's leave the postnominal "PC" for the article on the Privy Council. I would relegate his history of being a university professor in another paragragh; keep this paragarph pertaining to why he is a member of the Privy Council.

Furthermore, I suggest the sentiment that Dion is unfit for for the "Privacy Council" be put somewhere else if sources can be found supporting this sentiment.

Writerz (talk) 21:48, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Looking at that excerpt, I do not see any implication that Dion should not be part of the Privy Council. -Joshuapaquin (talk) 01:44, 22 December 2008 (UTC)
I agree but it's also more information than is really required for the introduction to the biography. I've re-written it much as suggested by Writerz. DoubleBlue (talk) 03:17, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

I have a suspicion this is someone trying to make clear what the style is after running up against Wikipedia's awkward policy on this. It appears on a lot of other articles. Timrollpickering (talk) 15:15, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

If there is one article that sums up his time as leader[edit] would have to be this one. That single article from October 17, 2007 seems to sum up the general role of both Dion and the Conservative & Liberal response to him during his two years as leader:

Dion persisted without acknowledging his opponents, who by this time were gobsmacked by a case of the mass giggles. It was so widespread at one point that even Michael Ignatieff – the Liberals' deputy leader who sits right next to Dion – cupped his face to stifle a laugh.

But Dion plodded ahead.

Esn (talk) 01:48, 5 May 2009 (UTC)