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.
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.
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.