When voters were asked to match the leaders, and selected celebrities, to archetypal animals, the initial response for the politicians -- snakes and rats -- was somewhat predictable. But asked to dig deeper, they compared Harper to an industrious ant, busy bee, or proud peacock. The NDP's Jack Layton was a wise owl, friendly dog, or an intelligent dolphin. In contrast, Dion was a timid mouse, scared ostrich, slow cow, or a disposable pet like a fish and hamster.
Only the Bloc's Gilles Duceppe fared worse, evoking voter visions of a stubborn donkey, or pesky black flies and mosquitoes -- largely, perhaps, a reflection of the opinions of English Canadians.
To be fair, there are more substantive questions, but Dion has enough problems with the leadership gap, nevermind introducing the food chain into the equation.