This afternoon, Stéphane Dion has finally made up his mind and resigned as leader of the Liberal party. Shortly afterwards, Dominic LeBlanc withdrew as expected from the race to replace Dion, leaving the leadership to be contested by frontrunner Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae, both MPs from Toronto.
Finally, it seems the long-shot threat of the incompetent bumbling Dion becoming our prime minister has been removed. What a relief.
The leadership is somewhat in the air, however, as Ignatieff and Rae seem to differ on how Dion’s replacement should be selected. Ignatieff apparently is campaigning to be named interim leader until the leadership convention next May, while Rae seems to favour a grass-root membership vote before parliament returns in late January.