April 18, 2007

New Liberal Scandals

First Jim Curran, and now this;

“If this gets out, it could mean the end of the Liberal Party of Canada,” warned a local politico, requesting anonymity.

And what, pray tell, has the Grits so up in arms? It seems that when Stéphane Dion touched down in Winnipeg last month, he and his entourage popped by North End mega-icon Kelekis for lunch. There, Dion shocked locals and his handlers by eating Kelekis’s world-famous hot dog with — gasp! — a knife and fork.

“It conjured images of George on Seinfeld eating a Snickers bar the same way,” said another witness who, for obvious reasons, also asked not to be named.

Whether Stephen Harper’s Conservatives use Wienergate to their advantage — at press time there was no word whether they’d be rejigging their official slogan to read Getting Things Done (Without Utensils) — remains to be seen.

Looks like it's going to be a long day at Liberal party headquarters.

Posted by Kate at April 18, 2007 3:25 PM

ROTFLMAO and taking pics of Copps sorry. Laughing so hard my gut hurts.
Maybe a headline of Deyawn forks PMSH's symbolic penis(with Dijon moutarde,of course)...LOL

Posted by: Justthinkin at April 18, 2007 4:27 PM

Actually, the Liberal Party is in more disarray than some may think because of these scandals. During 1926, William Lyon Mackenzie King was fortunate enough to discover that offering "more democracy" distracted many Canadian voters' attention away from them - enough to push those scandals under the radar. Nowadays, the "more democracy" vein is pretty much exhausted, as Paul Martin discovered to his sorrow during the last campaign.

This sea change means that the comfortable denizens of the "generous" Liberal boodle machine are seeing its customary shield dissolve. I don't know how they'll react, but something to watch for is a future drop in campaign contributions to the federal Liberals.

Posted by: Daniel M. Ryan at April 18, 2007 4:33 PM

That fits so perfectly to my image of Dijon in two ways. Either: Will not get his hands dirty in the real world (ivory tower sociology professor)


His hands are SO dirty (with corruption like other Liberals), he won't even eat a hot dog with them.

Posted by: tom at April 18, 2007 4:37 PM

George was just trying to make the world a better place.

Posted by: Richard Ball at April 18, 2007 4:43 PM

There's a bit of history to this, maybe Dion didn't want to be photographed eating a hot dog normally because it wouldn't play well in Quebec:

"Trudeau also looked down on Bourassa personally, once referring to him as a mangeur d'hot dog (a hot dog eater), though Trudeau later admitted in his TV biography that the comment was a friendly poke at Bourassa's habit of bringing this choice of food to meetings, saying that the original sentence was more like "Bourassa brought his hot dogs, we are ready to talk".

When Duceppe was photographed eating a hot dog during the 2004 election it was a big deal, and written up in the press as a sign of his confidence. At least that's how I remember it. More:

"Ever since Pierre Trudeau in the 1970s derided then-Quebec premier Robert Bourassa as a "hot-dog eater," Quebec politicians have avoided the public consumption of a chien-chaud like the plague. But Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe indulged in not one, but two, hot-dogs at a campaign stop in Gaspesie on Saturday. The Trudeau curse lived on in today's papers in Quebec where the picture of Mr. Duceppe chomping on the fine delicacy was a turnoff for anyone eating breakfast. The saving grace for Mr. Duceppe was that in Le Soleil, the picture on the opposite page showed Liberal Leader Paul Martin at work on a fatty poutine."

Posted by: Bob at April 18, 2007 4:45 PM

Maybe the wise professor has finally seen the light and is just taking the precautions required, to take up a career in hand modeling.

Posted by: Cal at April 18, 2007 4:51 PM

It must have been humiliating for the elitist French citizen, far left university professor to be served a hotdog. Imagine eating peasant food!

Posted by: Mike Kyoto at April 18, 2007 4:52 PM

he should have had a hamburler, hamburle,haburger, hanburger never mind stick with the Dog.

Posted by: bryanr at April 18, 2007 4:59 PM

James Curran: MayDion's Liberal "SWAG" man.

SWAG = $$$$$

Curran soliciting $$$$$$.

Curran was the lone/only candidate for the nomination; charged with 2 counts of fraud.

The "What Do I Know Grit"


Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Stephane, Stephane, Stephane, Stephaaaaane

Di-on! Di-on!

Don't forget to bring out some SWAG to the Dion event today! See everyone at 5:30!

posted by James Curran @ 9:41 AM [more]

(H/T. From google cache by Commenter "yyc" at Chuckercanuck blog; here for link to cache from Chucker's blog:)

Posted by: maz2 at April 18, 2007 5:15 PM

Librano$ Leader image = Trudeau

He was tanned.. Dion, well. .
He was athletic Dion, well ..
He was macho, He was crisp and decisive.

Makeover? Too late. = TG

Posted by: TG at April 18, 2007 5:15 PM

I hate to say this, but I sympathize with Dion on this one, like eating a Banana, eating a Hot Dog is not something a politician should do in public without utensils.

It's far too easy for a cheap-shot photo to make it look sexual in some obvious enough way.

Posted by: Fred at April 18, 2007 5:19 PM

Don't care what you guys say. The best chien chaud et Pepsi I ever 'ad was at the Granby zoo.
Le mieux!

Posted by: Rattfuc at April 18, 2007 5:21 PM

I take my fork and knife and bam...da dog dead.

For breakfast, I ave eggs parallel avec bacon side by each.

With apologies to Cal2.

Posted by: multirec at April 18, 2007 5:24 PM

Borat Dijon breakfast: "I'll ave deux eggs side by each, both eyes up, an a pair of toast."

Posted by: calvin at April 18, 2007 5:35 PM

Curran should be more carefull afterall he is setting a precident "getting caught for Fraud before being elected, Liberals usually wait until after"
nite all

Posted by: bryanr at April 18, 2007 5:38 PM

The French eat everything with a knife and fork.
Dion eats his hotdogs with a knife and fork.
Ergo Dion is Citoyen first and Citizen second. VIVA LA FRANCE!!!!

Posted by: Reid at April 18, 2007 5:48 PM

If he isn't man enough to handle a hot dog, how would this wuss handle a terrorist attack. Worse. How more disconnected can you be from the culture you live in?

South of the border, girlieman John Edwards was filmed getting his $400 haircut.

Posted by: penny at April 18, 2007 6:03 PM

hot dog with a fork? Egads, what would he ever do with a nip? ** 'peger inside knowledge joke**

Posted by: Texas Canuck at April 18, 2007 6:15 PM

The number of people in the country over the age of eight who don't know how to eat a hot dog can't be all that large, but the Liberals not only managed to find one of these exotics but make him leader. I guess congratulations are in order.

Posted by: Blackadder at April 18, 2007 6:21 PM

Oh now at least the Liberal leader knows how to use a knife and fork. Apparently the con leader can't even dress himself.

Posted by: albatros39a at April 18, 2007 6:25 PM

Thats fine and all, but is Dion master of his "domain".

Posted by: paulsstuff at April 18, 2007 7:10 PM

Oh now at least the Liberal leader knows how to use a knife and fork.

albatros39a, so, I'm assuming you'd use a knife and fork on your hot dog too? Out of curiosity, how does that work for you at sports events/concerts/wherever? I mean, it's not that difficult a task, if you have a cultural IQ, to pick up the hot dog like the 99.9% of your fellow Canadians and eat it. The bun is there for a reason.

I don't think you are getting it with Dion, lefty loser icon, but, then, I'm guessing peddling dumb snark is about the depth of your getting anything. It isn't about Dion's ability to use a knife and fork, it's about venue, the common culture, running for office as less than a clueless effete.

Posted by: penny at April 18, 2007 7:15 PM

he finally proved my point....citoyen bombardion is a euro-weenie

Posted by: kingstonlad at April 18, 2007 7:29 PM

"Cisses de renouilles" so good ,Citoyennete'Dion & his Maitresse May use a spoon.Common folk ,gotta love em!

Posted by: dougie at April 18, 2007 7:40 PM

Dainty Dion

Posted by: Smash'em at April 18, 2007 7:59 PM

In order to placate the 'superior kulture', (in Queerbec)- perhaps they could rename this, a 'tubesteak'?

Posted by: davie at April 18, 2007 8:01 PM

Copp's cooze,dion's wiener,where does it stop? A private members bill is needed.

Posted by: wallyj at April 18, 2007 8:09 PM

It might one-up the famous pic of Robert "the best-prime-minister-Canada-never had" Stanfield's monkey immitation with the banana. Of course he fumbled a football too, I think. Very bad optics.

Posted by: me no dhimmi at April 18, 2007 8:44 PM

"Copp's cooze,dion's wiener,where does it stop? A private members bill is needed."

Very good Wallyj.

Posted by: multirec at April 18, 2007 8:50 PM

Funny...I was listening to "Hot Dog" Led Zepplin (in through the out door) on the way home today.


Posted by: ZiLLa at April 18, 2007 8:56 PM

He really is a queer fellow. And not the hip gay kind of queer.....

My weiner has a first name its D-I-O-N, my weiner has second name its l-o-o-s-e-r......

Posted by: missing link at April 18, 2007 9:27 PM

Then there's the exquisite mental image of Dion trying to decide which end of the dog to bite (and not fondle it the way he surely does his dog...) and then watch the relish squirting out green and down the front of his suit... in the glare of the flash and full on in the front page of the Toronto Sun...

Posted by: Skip at April 18, 2007 9:31 PM

In other news, Dimwit Dion attacks elected Alberta senator Bert Brown for the purposes of reducing Western alienation...

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion criticized the appointment and added he doesn’t believe Harper is appointing “the best person” for the job as required under the current system, joking that he hoped Brown wouldn’t also be appointed to cabinet.

“The prime minister comes from Alberta but he is not working in the interest of Alberta. The election took place a long time ago and at the end of the day, the prime minister wants an elected Senate without clarifying what dispute mechanism will be used to settle disputes between the two chambers,” Dion said.

Posted by: Ace at April 18, 2007 9:47 PM

Seeing we are on the topic of scandals. This arrived in my e-mail today.

>>>The Income Trust Disaster

Impact on investors and the economy

In the wake of the Harper government's disastrous decision to tax income trusts - after promising during the last election such a tax would never take place - the results have been brutal on both investors and Canada's business community.

Hundreds of thousands of investors have seen the market value of their income trusts reduced by tens of billions of dollars. Experts estimate that individual Canadians have lost about $25 billion from their savings, many of them retired, with not ability to recoup those funds.

Foreign investors have poured in to buy up Canadian income trusts after the government's surprise tax reduced their value dramatically. In the last three months, ten trusts worth billions of dollars have sold, taking those business revenues out of Canada. As a result, the government will collect zero taxes from them, opposed to the taxes they were collecting from income trust investors.

Observers around the world are calling Jim Flaherty's move to tax trusts as "one of the worst decisions ever made by a person in a position of monetary authority."

"The reasons to see why Flaherty made a giant mistake are obvious," says Halton MP Garth Turner, a well-respected personal finance author in private life. "He has caused the greatest drop ever in the savings of individual Canadians through this one action, as well as wounding our economy, and none of us should just let it happen without a fight."

How about that, the cons cause $25 billion in people's life savings. That's a lot of hot dogs.

Did you know the Harpers were expecting a new baby?

Posted by: albatros39a at April 18, 2007 9:55 PM

Puffy shirt too no doubt.

Posted by: Bernie at April 18, 2007 10:28 PM

Don't make fun of that dion guy ... bullies!!!! He is thinking outside of the bun .... forward ... visionary ...

May said "He had me when he named his dog Kyoto"

Posted by: ural at April 18, 2007 10:39 PM

Dion is a moron of the first rank.

I am not a hot dog fan myself, but if you are going to eat them, eat them right!

Posted by: Ryan at April 18, 2007 10:43 PM

the libs are floundering so badly in public opinion because they don't know how to use modern technology, the ol' reliable MSM is failing them now. IMHO blogs like Kate's and many other Blogging Tories are absolutely crucial to help fight the good fight. Soldier on.

Posted by: kelly at April 18, 2007 10:44 PM

"the libs are floundering so badly in public opinion because..."

Sorry Kelly the tide is starting to change again, hot dog or no hot dog.

Posted by: albatros39a at April 18, 2007 10:55 PM

I seem to remember on the Seinfeld episode at the end of the show everywhere they looked they saw people eating bars, cookies,etc. with knives and forks. I can picture liberal BBQ's with liberal supporters all eating their hot dogs the same way-straight faced and not feeling the least bit stupid.

Posted by: bdogginit at April 18, 2007 11:13 PM

Mssr. Dion can eat all the hotdogs with a knife and fork that he wants. I just dont want a report on what Scott Brison does with his.

Dog and a Big Gulp please

Posted by: cal2 at April 18, 2007 11:48 PM

And speaking of weiners...from G&M,Svend is moving to France! Comments re same on the post are hilarious!Mostly suggest they should take Citizen Dion home with him.

Posted by: Sammy at April 18, 2007 11:53 PM

"The reasons to see why Flaherty made a giant mistake are obvious," says Halton MP Garth Turner, a well-respected personal finance author in private life.

Hey albatros39a, re a well respected personal finance author.

Maybe you should ask some of the folks who followed Garthie's advice on morgaging thier houses to invest in tech stocks in the late nineties, how they feel about his great advice.

Anything Garthie says is well suited to the Liebrano fold as he fits in perfectly with thier philosphy.....Lie, cheat and steal..........

Nice try though.........

Posted by: capndan at April 19, 2007 12:01 AM

I'm guessing it wouldn't be the first time Harper took advantage of a weiner.

Posted by: joebaloni at April 19, 2007 12:09 AM

I'd hate to see what he does to a hamburger.

I think the libs have given up (with the exception of pinko-albatros) on even trying to cover for this walking freak-show.

It's like shooting dead-fish in a barrel.

Posted by: missing link at April 19, 2007 12:21 AM

Poor albatros once mommy kicks him out he either has to get a job or better yet work for the lieberal party of canada he already has the lying part down and the utter stupidity to believe garth turner can even wipe his ... without help, well you have two of the three you go albie.

Posted by: bartinsky at April 19, 2007 2:19 AM

I will admit to eating chili-dogs with a knife & fork, as there doesn't seem to be any other way.

I had a boss that ate a hamburger with a knife & fork, and was pretty much vilified for it (here in Alberta, anyway).

So unless Dion's dog was so loaded as to be inoperable under normal circumstances, he comes across as a twit, at least in the ROC.

Surprise! He loses.

Posted by: Candace at April 19, 2007 3:43 AM

I will admit to eating chili-dogs with a knife & fork, as there doesn't seem to be any other way.

I had a boss that ate a hamburger with a knife & fork, and was pretty much vilified for it (here in Alberta, anyway).

So unless Dion's dog was so loaded as to be inoperable under normal circumstances, he comes across as a twit, at least in the ROC.

Surprise! He loses.

Posted by: Candace at April 19, 2007 3:43 AM

Hot dogs by design are finger foods as are Hamburgers. Don't recall ever being given a knife and fork at a hot dog venue.
Steffi just doesn't trust himself to keep his face clean while noshing the dog.

He should have thought about keeping his hands clean when he decided to try to manipulate the voters in Central Nova by not running a Liberal against Green Mamma. He sure doesn't know squat about finger foods, lets hope the people in that riding give him the finger.

Posted by: Liz J at April 19, 2007 8:10 AM

A friends father eats hamburgers that way... knife and fork adding preferred condiments to each bite as he goes. He has impeccable UK credentials, so it is likely just an eccentric quirk.

Posted by: matt at April 19, 2007 9:23 AM


You're an idiot. You quote a half-wit journalist quoting Turner on matters of investments? "well-respected personal finance author in private life"???

Here's some quotes of your grandstanding moron turncoat:

“If you own Nortel, or a mutual fund holding it, don’t bail out now… If you do not own Nortel, then this is the time to start accumulating it.”

- Garth Turner, Conservative candidate (Halton) November 27th 2000 at the start of the stock's plummet from $50 to pennies a share

“I am constantly amazed at the assumption people make that they can manage their own finances… most people can’t. They don’t have a clue how to pick stocks.”

- Garth Turner in a 2002 personal investment column regarding those unfortunate enough to have lost on Nortel

H/T to Rick Mercer for keepint that wisdom alive.

Posted by: Warwick at April 19, 2007 12:50 PM

Albatross: "Halton MP Garth Turner, a well-respected personal finance author in private life."

Are you kidding? This is a guy who told people to get fully invested in stocks in 1999. Anyone who followed his advice is broke. Buy Nortel at $120 a share? It's less than 1% of that now - so following Garth Turner's advice lost 99% of your money.

Meanwhile, the income trust market is down by about 20%; yes that hurts but it's not a catastrophe, unless you are one of the stupid investors who put all their money into a single asset class. Sort of like the advice Garth gave people. Garth is a self-aggrandizing blowhard, and albatross - well, you're a 'tard of another kind.

Posted by: KevinB at April 19, 2007 7:01 PM

"unless you are one of the stupid investors who put all their money into a single asset class"

Those "stupid investors" were told by their stupid economist Prime Minister "Stephen Clueless Harper" that their investements were safe.

Posted by: albatros39a at April 20, 2007 7:15 PM