Liberal leader Stephane Dion is expected to announce his resignation as leader of theon Monday. Rumor has it anyhow, that the rising chorus of dissatisfaction makes him staying on nearly impossible. I really wonder if we aren’t really giving the man his due? Naturally, as leader, the ultimate responsibility is his, but was it his fault for the defeat, or was it his advisers and party planners?
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion is expected to announce on Monday that he will resign as party leader, after a growing chorus of MPs have been calling for him to step aside, including two party veterans and a newly elected member. (source – CBC News)
I can remember back in the day when a leader was given time to adjust, to formulate policy and not be under attack from within, least until after more than just one election. Then too, let’s look at those who are calling for the resignation. I mean Bob Rae? A newly elected member? Seems a bit suspect to me, but then we do iive in a very unforgiving world.
I think Dion was a good leader, but he didn’t have the killer instinct needed to combat the nastiness of Stephen Harper. Question is though, was it all his fault or did his advisors drop the ball as well? I mean in all honesty, I liked the idea of his Green Shift Plan, because I KNOW it is going to be needed, and if we delay it too long, it will cost a hell of a lot more, than doing it now.
The real issue is that we need a street fighter to lead not just the, but all of the Opposition Parties, inclding the Party. Given how Stephen Harper has turned off nearly 4 out of 10 voters, and has only managed to win with less than 4 out of 10 voters, it is obvious that for anyone to dethrone this puppet of big business, will have to be fiery, and imaginative. While I believe Dion is imaginative, he simply isn’t fiery enough, to inspire people to get out and vote for him.
So, yes, he should probably resign, and do so with dignity, unlike how the Conservatives do things. The real question is, will there be anyone to step up and fill that essential criteria? I don’t think Bob Rae oris the answer. Perhaps the should be looking deeper than a big name leader, or maybe not?
Justin Trudeau comes to mind.
The way he spoke at his father’s funeral, how he stood his ground in choosing where to run for Parliament, and how he refused to back down from it, simply to gain a seat at any cost. That speaks volumes these days, given how ethics, values, & morals, seem to be non existent. I don’t know if he will run, or should, but damn it could be an interesting mix. Young Trudeau versus the nasty Harper would be interesting to see; After all Pierre Trudeau did teach his kids well, but in all honesty, not this go round will that happen.
So who then? I guess we will have to wait and see, once a leadership election is called, but hopefully it won’t be a long drawn out affair like the last one. I would much prefer a shorter run towards the convention, and more on air debates, than last time.
At the same time, I’d really like to see a change in attitude with all the opposition parties. To see more real differences between them & Harper. Frankly that shouldn’t be as hard as it has been, given how there are real differences between them. I would hope that thewill step back up, to regain its middle of the road status, and to once more lead Canada. We are truly going to need some real leadership once we get rid of the bigots and racists that now hold power.
Time may not be on any new leader either, given how volatile the economy is, and how the upcoming budget could be a make or break moment for this latest Harper government.