The CBC.ca Web site reports that New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc is expected to announce today that he will drop out of the Liberal leadership race. Should this happen, LeBlanc is expected to support Michael Ignatieff, who apparently has the largest support within the Liberal caucus.
If LeBlanc does withdraw, Ignatieff and Bob Rae would be the only contenders left in the race, ensuring a single-ballot win. Such a situation would be desirable if as reported the Grits are considering an on-line vote of some sort.
Leadership candidates are said to be against the option of appointing an interim leader between Dion’s possible early resignation and the May 2009 leadership convention in Vancouver. Instead, they apparently favour a permanent leader who could head the Liberal-NDP coalition or lead the Liberals into an election campaign, should the Conservative government be defeated in late-January.