By the time he finished a 45-minute speech in which he declared he would not bring down the government, the Liberal leader was deluged with derisive guffaws.Keep making fun of his English...we've seen that before. Keep disrespecting him. We'll see what happens.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined in as his troops chuckled openly at Dion. The laughter first erupted when Dion declared that the Liberal party was tough on crime.
The mockery grew louder as Dion launched into a lengthy defence of his record on climate change while lambasting the Tories' abandonment of the Kyoto accord.
Dion persisted without acknowledging his opponents, who by this time were gobsmacked by a case of the mass giggles. It was so widespread at one point that even Michael Ignatieff – the Liberals' deputy leader who sits right next to Dion – cupped his face to stifle a laugh.
But Dion plodded ahead.
He did it in English that was sometimes stilted enough to prompt barbed heckles from his opponents.
Dion drew the loudest laughs as he read press releases from environmental groups who accuse the Tories of cancelling Liberal programs and replacing them with inferior ones.
The first day back and the Conservatives are well on their way to picking up from exactly where they left off in the spring...the House of Commons is the very best place for them to be seen by Canadians.