Dion goes with hunch, Harper skips lunch
We interrupt this carbon-tax-announcement day to point out an interesting contrast, on the Canada-U.S. political front.
Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, however, is planning to attend the Democratic convention in Denver this August, where Barack Obama's candidacy will be officially sealed.
Usually the Liberals hold their end-of-summer retreat around the final week in August. But caucus sources say that this year's gathering, in Winnipeg, has been pushed to the first week of September so that Dion can be in Denver.
UPDATE: New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton will also be in Denver, we've learned. Layton has long made no secret of his admiration for Obama.
UPDATE 2 (June 20): I learned later last night that Stephane Dion, while he did consider participating in some event at the Denver convention, has decided not to accept the invitation. The Winnipeg caucus gathering is still in September, a week later, but Dion will be watching proceedings in Denver like most of us - from afar, through the TV.
But Layton will be at the Democratic convention. That plan hasn't changed. And Dion's office expects that some Liberal MPs will be in the crowd too.