Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Haldimand "Federal Election 2008 Dion's Wife Shares her Views"

Krieber shares her views


Federal Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion responds to a question from the media as his wife Janine Krieber looks on during a campaign stop in Richmond, B.C., Sept. 13, 2008.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion has not yet decided what he will do if he fails to unseat Stephen Harper as prime minister, says his wife Janine Krieber.

But in an interview with Global News, Krieber said she and her husband would make the decision together, and come to a conclusion quickly.

Asked if they had already discussed whether he would stay in politics, Krieber said "No."Krieber, a law professor, is an anti-terrorism and security expert. She is said to have Dion's ear on policy, which prompted anonymous grumbling from within the Liberal caucus in published reports last year.

In her first television interview with a national media outlet, Krieber indicated she sees no problem making her views known.

"It's natural for me to speak. ... I have ideas. I have opinions and I share them."

She added she finds the negative political ads about her husband "frustrating."

"What's frustrating is not really the attacks. It is the focus on them. Because people only speak about that and they don't speak about policy and the good things we propose."

Tonda MacCharles

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