Dion on His Way Out; Ignatieff Stepping In?
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Dion on His Way Out; Ignatieff Stepping In?

Several news outlets are reporting that Stéphane Dion’s tenure is about to end. Despite earlier coalition promises to keep him on as head of the Liberal Party and as the coalition’s proposed Prime Minister, the ranks are growing restive and don’t feel he has the capacity to lead them effectively into power. The mechanics: according to Liberal Party rules, when a leader resigns the caucus may select an interim leader to head the party until a national party vote can be held. Ignatieff has a clear majority of caucus support, and if the national executive decides to pursue the caucus selection process, will be installed as leader at least until the party’s national convention in May. Bob Rae is, unsurprisingly, fighting this proposal on the grounds that it is elitist and leaves ordinary Liberals (especially those in western provinces, who have no elected MPs to represent them in a caucus vote) out of the process. Click here to join Torontoist’s ongoing conversation about the recent parliamentary shenanigans.

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