Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sticky Dion stuck to the heel of the Liberal boot

Liberal party leader Stéphane Dion is like chewing gum stuck to the heel of his party’s boot. He’s too stubborn to let go even as the party steps all over him in their eagerness to be rid of his bumbling leadership. Party elders call for his resignation, leadership hopefuls maneuver to outflank him, rank and file bemoan their party’s prospects with him at the helm, and yet he hangs on—a pathetic, petty little man.

quote-left-red-grey-bgAs a Liberal, I believe the first step for my party is to replace Stéphane Dion as leader with someone whose first job is to rebuild the Liberal Party, rather than leading a coalition with the NDP.

The notion that the public would accept Stéphane Dion as prime minister, after having resoundingly rejected that possibility a few weeks earlier, was delusional at best. Mr. Dion had seemed to accept responsibility for the defeat (although somewhat reluctantly), and should have left his post immediately.quote-right-red-grey-bg  

– John Manley, Globe and Mail.

Apparently, Dion’s caucus’s frustration with his  leadership peaked earlier in the week when his videotaped statement for national television arrived late and appeared amateurish and unprofessional. And many Liberals have voiced concerns about Dion leading them into another election if they join with the New Democrats and Bloc Québécois to vote out the Conservatives after their Jan. 27 federal budget.

The Hamilton Spectatorquoted a Liberal insider as saying:

quote-left-red-beige-bgThe conventional wisdom for a lot of folks is that we’re not going anywhere with Mr. Dion. We certainly won’t win the next election with him — I think the Canadian electorate has showed that. So, if there’s a graceful way for him to leave before May, the pressure may be on to do that.quote-right-red-beige-bg

Toronto MP and former socialist premier of Ontario, Bob Rae plans to undertake a national campaign to sell the Grit-NDP coalition, thereby preempting his leadership rivals and outflanking Stéphane Dion. And, while all three Liberal leadership candidates publicly say they will support Dion until their May 2 leadership convention in Vancouver, insiders reportedly say otherwise.

All it takes is for 12 Liberals to vote with the Conservatives until a new Liberal leader is installed and a cooler head with firmer hands prevails. And judging from reports circulating, it may not be too much of a stretch to find 12 such Grits who are fed up with Dion and Bob Rae and disgusted at the prospect of being joined at the hip with the socialists and separatists like never before in their party’s history.smleaf


  1. This coalition, going further is making a number of assumptions.

    Legal experts say that the alternate govt has to be presented to the GG BEFORE she appointed Stephen Harper as the Queen's first minister (PM), not after PMSH was appointed and got the confidence of the House on the Speech from the Throne.

    Assumption that the GG would appoint a new First Minister (PM) that is unproven to their party and the people, and a novice in federal government.

    Assume that the GG would ignore that the largest party to the coalition lost support of the people on Oct 14, 2008 and the appointed First Minister gained support.

    Assume that the GG can not and will not take into consideration the many polls clearly and definitively voicing that Canadians do not want a coalition government, the people want the government they elected. (will that change if Libs get a new leader??)

  2. The Liberals should have read the old Uncle Remus tale about Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby ... Dion is like the tar baby which the Liberals cannot seem to shake !

  3. The Pro-Coalition crowd is positively outraged at Manley's comments. Sadly for them, he's right.

    Winning political power is a lot of hard work. If the Liberal party isn't willing to do that hard work and is instead going to keep looking for shortcuts back to power, it's going to be a long time before they'll get there.

    Bad for them, better for the rest of us, but not quite good for anyone.