Former astronaut Marc Garneau has decided to run for the federal Liberals after all.
But now Dion is set to announce Friday that he's appointing Garneau to carry the party's banner in the Montreal riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie, one of the safest Grit bastions in the land.
Dion spent a lot of time persuading Garneau to change his mind.
Insiders say Dion was never indifferent or hostile towards Garneau. He simply had not turned his attention to the matter of his candidacy until recently, being more focussed on the three Quebec ridings where byelections were held last month.
Insiders credit Dion's new principal secretary, Johanne Senecal, for striking the rapprochement between the two men. Garneau's about-face is a ray of good news for Dion...
Just to add, there wasn't one pundit today who didn't concede this was objectively good news for the Liberals. With rumors of more potential candidates in Quebec set to take a pass, bringing Garneau back into the fold sends a positive signal. Dion now has a photo-op moment in Quebec, and no matter the riding, it can be spun as a turning point.