Saturday, April 14, 2007

Amazing fallout

There's been quite an amount of negative reaction to the Dion/May agreement attributed to Liberals in press reports such as this one, "Courageous or disastrous? Liberals mixed about Dion's pact with May," since yesterday. It's really quite incredible. It appears that after just 4 months, a number of Liberals are ready to call it quits on Dion. I guess negative advertising really does work.

Read this report in the Star:
A Liberal strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there is widespread anger at the deal in caucus, which Liberals feel could be used against them in a federal election. The strategist said the decision was another strike against Dion, whose leadership has come into question in recent months.

"The only reason this was not the final straw is because of the threat of an election," the strategist said.

Ray Heard, former communications director to Liberal prime minister John Turner, was one of the few to publicly express his anger with Dion, saying he would support party members who believe Dion should be forced out.

The deal with May "denigrates the tradition that the Liberals are a national party," he said in an email to the Toronto Star.

"Both (Liberal MPs) Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae are eminently qualified to succeed him before the next election and I cannot fault their supporters for plotting to dump him before it's too late."
Is this affirmation of an ongoing plot by supporters of these two failed leadership candidates to undermine Dion? This is a very interesting development that perhaps these two individuals might wish to speak to now that it's been publicly alleged.

If the Liberals keep this up, they won't need opponents in the next election, they'll do a fine job of defeating themselves. If they can't support the leader they chose just over four short months ago, then Canadians won't support them either.