Some of Stephane Dion's top advisers are planning to press the Liberal leader in the coming days to dump Michael Ignatieff as deputy leader, CTV News has learned.
But some in the Dion camp believe that that Ignatieff, Dion's former leadership rival, is privately undermining the Liberal leader with critical and disdainful remarks.
Earlier this week, Dion demanded an end to the political sniping within his party after several shots were made at his leadership.
Some of his advisers want Dion to project a tougher image as leader. They argue it would send a strong message to party dissidents, by demoting the politician perceived as his greatest threat.
Let me get this straight, people would rather have Rae as Deputy Leader, that somehow sends a message. You can say whatever you want about Ignatieff, but seems to me you just replace one threat with another- is there a person alive who believes Rae runs for office, without the ambition of future leadership?
The argument seems to stem from the fact that most of the dissent in Quebec comes from former Ignatieff supporters. Considering the fact that the majority of Quebec Liberals supported Ignatieff, isn't just basic math that complaints would come from that camp? How is it Ignatieff's fault that Dion lacks supporters in his home province, why do people demand that Ignatieff have Stalin-like control over free thinking individuals? I think Ignatieff is clearly the scapegoat here, an excuse to gloss over the real problems in Quebec.
Yes, demoting Ignatieff would send a message alright. It would have the effect of a purge, which would trickle down in Quebec, and may well lead to more revolt. What everyone seems to be forgetting here, there is no Liberal Party in Quebec without the Ignatieff supporters, that's just reality. The party now has less than 10000 members, I suspect if you cull to get to Dion loyalists, you wouldn't be able to fill a Junior B hockey arena. No, circumstance demands that you find a way to work with these people, you find ways to include them and to some degree, you must appease. The alternative is political suicide, plain and simple, and it will backfire, the gateway to a Harper majority.
Demoting Ignatieff and putting in Rae, is the equivalent of replacing Cassius with Brutus. What's the difference in the end, especially when you factor in the damage. Leave it alone.