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Friday, December 05, 2008
John Manley: Stephane Dion is delusional
Headlined on Bourque is the most forceful statement for Stephane Dion to step aside as leader of the Liberal Party, and for the coalition to break apart, yet. And it comes from former Liberal heavyweight and Deputy Prime Minister John Manley.
Money quote 1: "As 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."
Money quote 2: "The notion that the public would accept Stephane Dion as prime minister, after having resoundingly rejected that possibility a few weeks earlier, was delusional at best."
That coalition? Crumbling...
(UPDATE: Title changed, added second money quote. h/t Fact Check in the comments)
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Your heading is quite misleading. Nowhere in the article does Manley say that Dion should cease to be the party leader before the new one is chosen. He merely says that the Liberals should forget about the coalition, forget about Dion being PM, and get on with choosing a new leader, as they have already started to do.
The big news in Manley's article is a passage you really should highlight. He says: "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." Delusional? That's *VERY* harsh criticism. Not only does he think it is not the best idea, he has basically called anyone who supported it crazy. Ouch!
The coalition is not dead yet, but it is on life support. With prominent Liberals like Manley trying to pull the plug on it, smart money would bet on it going away. But then again, I never expected they would try a coalition in the first place, so who knows? Maybe this will all fizzle out, or maybe there will be some more entertainment coming our way in January. we will have to wait and see.
Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-12-05 11:52:58 PM
Hey, you took the title from my post (and I posted mine before yours!).
Well, don't worry, you're welcome to it (I won't come after you for plagiarism).
Posted by: Werner Patels @ The Right Comment | 2008-12-06 1:31:43 AM
Stephane Dion IS delusional. The Liberal brand has done nothing but decline under his tenure. Dithering and ineffective though Paul Martin was, he at least proved himself competent to put together a proper televised address without becoming an international laughing stock in the process.
However, it should be remembered that as a minister, Dion wasn't that bad; he even drafted the Clarity Act. Just as Paul Martin was a very competent finance minister, eliminating the deficit and even paying down some debt. It just goes to show you that being a competent minister doesn't necessarily make one Prime Ministerial material.
At any rate, the Liberals have worse problems. Post-coalition they will have as leader either Paul Ignatieff--a university professor like Dion who spent thirty years in the United States--or Bob Rae, whose economic credentials pretty much speak for themselves. With economic crisis looming, the only hope the Liberals have is to put in the top spot someone with sound judgement in money matters, preferably an economist--which Stephen Harper just happens to be.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-12-07 12:40:43 PM
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