Everyone else was gracious to Dion when he arrived in the Commons:
Harper: Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by congratulating the new Leader of the Opposition on his election as leader of his party, a victory that I thought was well earned. I have been a resident of Stornoway myself. I hope he enjoys Stornoway and I hope he is happy there for a very long time. [Incidentally, that was the way Chretien used to welcome new Leaders of the Opposition.]
Duceppe: Mr. Speaker, first, I would like to congratulate the new leader of the Liberal Party, who won a decisive victory on the weekend after running a good campaign. Our visions differ as to the future of Quebec, but the debate will only be clearer as a result.
Duceppe is particularly astonishing to me, given just how opposed they are.
And then Layton comes along.
Layton: Mr. Speaker, Canadians have learned to expect only one thing from ministers of the environment, whether they be current or former, and that is betrayal, because no matter which of them were in power, pollution continued to go up.
What a jerk--especially given he's praised Dion in the past.
The best part is, of course, he promptly made a fool of himself with his big ass comment. Which is exactly what he is.
The stupid NDP can spend their lives bitching about everything and sitting atop the moral highground because they never have to govern. They'll never be faced with the difficulty of having to impliment policies, of having to balance priorities. They, and the Bloc with them, can promise perfect justice, perfect environment, low taxes, strong military, and a balanced budget, and a pony for every Canadian to boot--because all they'll ever be are promises that they'll never have to impliment.