And yes, some included shots at rivals.
He's just the latest NDP MP to take a pass on the fall campaign.
"With friends like these, those groups do not need any enemies."
The party is gathering for a caucus session in British Columbia this week.
"Because this idea makes no sense at all."
The criticisms mirror arguments over the Fair Elections Act.
The PM's comments in a radio interview have ruffled feathers.
At least the meeting wasn't held behind closed doors this time.
Mario Dion is slated to start his seven-year term in January.
The finance minister's office called a new Tory accusation "absurd."