Dion will lead the coalition.
Well he was the only real choice. After MI spent the last three days distancing himself from this process by proclaiming to whomever would listen that "...Mr. Dion IS the leader of this party...", and that "...any discussion on a coalition is above my pay scale..." etc. It was obvious that neither he nor Rae would want to taint their leadership aspirations with this potential time bomb.
Time bomb? To quote a former Vice Presidential candidate, "you betcha".
Here are three reasons why:
1. Has anyone stopped to think how this thing is going to play outside of Ontario and in particular, west of Saskatchewan?
2. Has anyone wondered what the long term implications are on the credibility of a Liberal leader who overthrows an existing government with the "support" of the party who would have us carve Quebec out of this confederation?
3. Has anyone considered how the optics of bedding Jack (Robin Hood) Layton and his merry band of lefties will affect the Liberal brand?
On another note, a good summary of the Governor General's options here, today courtesy of Norma Greenaway, of the Ottawa Citizen.
With thanks to JRA for the link.
Nick and me
4 hours ago