Dion must go, former Liberal deputy PM says
Amidst all the confusion of this past week, one thing is still for sure. Dion has got to step down. I think the voters made that quite clear by the Liberal party's historic defeat during the October 14th election. His performance over this past week didn't score much better. But when are the Liberals going to get their house in order?
Former Liberal deputy prime minister John Manley said the Liberal caucus and party executive should move to choose a new leader before Christmas who can get the caucus ready for the resumption of Parliament in January.
"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," Manley said in an opinion piece in Saturday's Globe and Mail.
His comments come two days after Prime Minister Stephen Harper persuaded the Governor General to suspend Parliament and ward off, at least for the moment, the demise of his minority Conservative government.
That move came after the Liberals and NDP agreed to form a coalition headed by Dion and aimed at ousting Harper's government, which the opposition accuses of failing to propose an adequate plan to deal with the economic crisis.
Manley said the idea that the public would welcome Dion as prime minister after having rejected him during the Oct. 14 federal election "was delusional at best."
See original Globe and Mail articles The first Liberal step: Replace Dion and Questions for the Liberal caucus
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