No surprise to hear that the two liabilities for a potential coalition are the inclusion of the Bloc and Stephane Dion as Prime Minister. These two facts, offer an intriguing dynamic, which does offer a "kill two birds with one stone" response strategy. I'm not suggesting what follows will necessarily work, but it deserves some consideration.
Canadians have a low opinion of Stephane Dion, with one stark exception, he is seen as a true patriot, a defender of Canada, nobody disputes that narrative. That fact does allow Dion to credibly fend off the outlandish "in bed with the separatists" angle. If Canadians are concerned about Bloc involvement, does it not play to Dion's strength? Is Dion not one of the better politicians to dispel any fears that this arrangement will help breakup of our country? Can Dion not tell Canadians that if thought Canada was in jeopardy, he would never have agreed to the understanding, in fact it's parameters reflect a basic protection?
Is there not a way for Dion to allay Bloc fears, while simultaneously boosting his personal stature? National unity is Dion's "pocket" issue, so there is a way to turn two perceived weaknesses into a positive. They are not mutually exclusive liabilities, they can be dealt with in concert. On leadership, Dion's best chance is too remind Canadians of his sacrifice for the country he loves, and in so doing, fears of the Bloc are blunted. It's a longshot, but it's not as far fetched as first blush might suggest.