Sunday, December 07, 2008

LeBlanc Out

CTV reports that Dominic LeBlanc will drop out of the Liberal leadership tomorrow. Will he endorse anyone?

UPDATE

Answer

Yes he will:

"LeBlanc is expected to throw his support behind front-runner Michael Ignatieff, the CBC's Susan Bonner reported, citing sources."

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interim leader LeBlanc?

Steve V said...

If Dion leaves soon and the leadership is moved up to January, Volpe can be interim leader for all I care :)

knb said...

Argghhhhh!

Francesco said...

Steve
Susan Booner from CBC news is reporting that LeBlanc is out and will be endorsing Ignatieff.

Steve V said...

Wowsers.

sjw said...

LeBlanc is out and will be endorsing Ignatieff.

Argghhhhh!

Jack said...

It's over. Go Iggy.

knb said...

lol sjw.

Well, that was fast and a bit of a surprise.

sjw said...

My growl was aimed at Leblanc's endorsement, not his removing himself from the process. Iggy moves me not.

Anonymous said...

Apparently, according to CTV's secret sources anyway, all LeBlanc's caucus support goes to Iggy giving him 3/4 of the caucus, Dion will step down tomorrow and Wed cacus will vote to install Iggy as parliamentary leader. It's over.

Skinny Dipper said...

For the Liberal Party, it has a problem in there doesn't seem to be anything in its constitution that allows for the immediate removal of the party leader. For example, there should be a clause where at least 2/3 of the executives can get rid of a leader. The Liberal Party name should be entrusted with the executive, not the leader. Essentially, Stephane Dion has been holding the Liberal Party hostage just to maintain his dignity. There is no dignity in hostage taking. Sorry if I seem harsh, but Dion should have resigned completely on or just after election night. That would have been dignified.

I have commented on other blogs that if the Liberals have a new (interim) leader on January 26, the Conservatives will present a liberal leaning budget. If Dion remains leader, the Conservatives will present a conservative leaning budget. Dion won't be able to deal with it. A stronger Liberal leader can.

Steve V said...

Dipper

Fair points.



I wonder if the pressure starts to mount on Rae, as people sense it's best to unite behind Ignatieff. Interesting week for sure.

Anonymous said...

So does the coalition live past Wednesday? Or can that 64% against Harper be spun into meaning that Canadians were voting for Ignatieff even though he wasn't even an option for PM.

Anonymous said...

Bryon Wilfert endorsed Ignatieff on CTV and seems to be confirming the report that the caucus will vote soon to install Ignatieff as leader.

Steve V said...

anon

We vote for MP's not Prime Minister, no spin required.

who

I heard that too, it looks like things are happening fast. I saw a roundtable on CBC, and the commentary from the pundits was interesting, a notion that it looks like the Liberals might finally be getting their act together. The key will be what Rae does, but I suspect mounting pressure to find a compromise.

Anonymous said...

"I have commented on other blogs that if the Liberals have a new (interim) leader on January 26, the Conservatives will present a liberal leaning budget."

If caucus opts for Iggy, then Flaherty will have no choice but to go hard right. Iggy steals vote from Prentice-leaning Cons and will destroy Harper in Quebec.