Stéphane Dion gave a glimpse of the style he will bring to the Liberal leadership this morning, calling Prime Minister Stephen Harper a “control freak” whose idea of social housing policy is putting teenagers in jail.
He said voters will have to choose whether to support Liberal attempts to reduce crime or support Harper’s U.S.-style policies such as an anti-crime approach that amounts to thinking that “social housing policy is to build jails and to put teenagers in them.”
There will be a choice between a Conservative party that thinks “the United States is not only an ally for us but also a model or the party that wants to preserve, always, the independent voice of Canada in the world.”
He said the Liberals will defend individual rights, promote peace on the international stage and defend the Kyoto Protocol.
“Do we want an additional, useless tax cut or do we want to pull 80,000 kids out of poverty in this country? Canadians will choose.”