Several published reports, including this one, tell us Stéphane Dion is finished as Liberal Party leader. Some even suggest that leadership rival Michael Ignatieff was already preparing a run at the party’s top job.
With only a small power base within the party and after leading the Grits to their second worst defeat ever, it is difficult to see how Dion can convince enough supporters to back him at the automatic leadership review next May.
Mind you, Dion is a petty little man with a stubborn streak. During the campaign, he pledged that he would “never quit” and would “stay for my country.” Such people often are prone to being self-destructive. He’s likely to fight to stay on and tear the Liberal Party to pieces in the process.
Of course, the Liberal Party has financial problems and this could slow down the rush to show Dion the door.
How about newly-elected MP Justin Trudeau for the next leader?