Volume 95, Issue 14

Tuesday, September 25, 2001
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Dion says Liberals love Ontario loyalty

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

Loyalty was the topic of the day last Friday when Stephane Dion took the podium.

Canada's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and president of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, spoke to a packed room in a lecture sponsored by the faculty of law's Distinguished Speaker's series.

Entitled "Ontario and Canada: Loyal Forever," Dion spoke on three topics: the relations between Queen's Park and the federal government, the structural changes to the Ontario economy and the loyalty of Ontarians to Canada and their feeling of solidarity with all their fellow citizens.

"Relations between Queen's Park and Ottawa have, at times, been easier in the past than they are today, but sometimes they have also been just as complicated, if not more so," Dion said. "Our relationship is one expected between a Liberal government in the political centre and a Conservative government undoubtedly farther to the right than average."

Dion further argued that "Ontario's economy is Canadian" and there is a danger in discouraging the trade Ontario has with the United States.

Dion said Ontario's breakthroughs into external markets does not interfere with its trans-Canadian trade. "They have highlighted the strength of our economic and political union."

Finally, Dion discussed Ontarians loyalty to Canada. "Ontarians' passion for Canada is in no way diminished," Dion stressed. "It is in Ontario that there is the greatest tendency for people to see themselves as citizens of Canada rather than citizens of their province."

Dion concluded his lecture by advising students to change their provincial government before they ask the federal Liberals to step in and do the Tories' job.

"Those of you who are dissatisfied with your provincial government, work to change it in the next election, but in the meantime, do not ask your federal government to play the provincial government. It is not made for that," he said.

Paul Hong, a second-year honours business administration student at the Richard Ivey School of Business commented on the subject of the Ontario's economy. "I don't think our trade with the U.S. makes us any less Canadian."

Hong also said he was disappointed Dion did not discuss his views on the future of the Queen as Canada's head of state any further, especially since the topic makes reference to the topic of loyalty.

Matthew Wilson, a co-ordinator of the lecture, said after the question period, "the minister commented on how informed the students were and was impressed by the research and knowledge they had in the area."

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