“Now's the time for him to show what he's made of,” she said in an interview. “I am not in favour of a putsch. He is my leader, he is the person elected by the members of the party and I respect that. But he has things to do, and he has to do them quickly.”
“When there are people who are ready to run, who have experience, who are Liberals and known to us, we absolutely have to go and get them,” Ms. Folco said. “And when they're ready to run, we have to accept their candidacy.”
Ms. Folco said she expects Mr. Dion to set clear deadlines for nominating candidates, fundraising and organization.
“That's what we expect from a leader,” she said. “The reality is we absolutely have to put more energy, more effort than we have up until now.”
Folco also took a shot at Céline Hervieux-Payette, but her candor is mostly constructive. This is Dion's moment to take the bull by the horns, act swiftly and with authority. If Dion responds with urgency, then people will rally. Fast track some candidates, get the ball rolling, give people a sense on the ground that there is direction.
Dion needs to be hands one, surrogates behind his leadership. I have no problem with "time to show what you're made of", Dion can rise to the challenge, that's what leaders do in a crisis. If Dion conveys a sense of urgency, then some of the disconnect will wane. I believe Folco's comments are more about opportunity than unproductive criticism. More pep talk, than sour grapes.