On the eve of election '08, Dion visits Fredericton:VID SRC
Dion chugs across finish line
Christina Spencer, Winniped Sun
October 14, 2008
ABOARD THE DION CAMPAIGN PLANE — David Innes said what many people in his party thought.
“Has it only been 37 days long?” the Liberal candidate in Fredericton asked the bleary-eyed crowd that had turned out for an 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day rally. “I’ve got a lawn at home that’s got 37 days’ growth on it.”
For many Liberals, the relative brevity of this election race only magnified their difficulties. A leader, Stephane Dion, running his first campaign, often in his second language. A central platform idea that was new and, to many voters, complicated. A prime minister who had called the contest earlier than anticipated.
“A little bit more time,” would have helped, said Liberal candidate Nancy MacIntosh, who faced an uphill slog against Tory incumbent Greg Thompson in New Brunswick Southwest. “It’s been kind of the tortoise and the hare as far as I’m concerned.”
“We’ve been putting our message out consistently since the start ... we’ve just been plodding through.”
Dion, the tortoise to whom MacIntosh referred, was more like a rabbit yesterday — travelling to New Brunswick, Montreal and Winnipeg, and planning to end in British Columbia, a last effort to impress voters. His campaign plane and that of Stephen Harper, who had planned his own countrywide sprint, even crossed paths at the airport in Fredericton.