Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is shuffling one of his closest associates after almost a week of controversy linked to comments he is purported to have made about hiring Quebecers.
Jamie Carroll, the Liberal party's national director, was hand-picked by Dion and is one of his closest allies.
Sources have told CTV News that Carroll will be replaced as national director, but will retain a key role within Dion's team.
CTV's Roger Smith in Ottawa reports the shuffle will probably be announced Thursday along with other shifts within the Liberal shadow cabinet.
Dion can keep Carroll around in another capacity, but the symbolism is important. You can't win over reluctant Quebec Liberals if the national director is seen as defensive loyalist who sees conspiracy, whether real or a function of paranoia.
I don't see it as a sign of weakness to implement a shake-up, in fact it is common with newish leaders. Remove the irritant and move on, rightly or wrongly, politically a good move.
If what CBC is now reporting is true, then this isn't a shrewd political move, but somewhat of a coup. CBC reports that the management committee met to discuss what to do with Carroll, despite Dion's public support and Carroll become privy to this meeting. Some mention of Carroll threatening legal action, which led to more acrimony, hence Dion's apparent decision. Pretty ugly stuff, and clearly not a positive reflection on Dion, if the committee is undermining his wishes. I think I might want to change the title ;)