Musings —05.09.2011 07:19 AM—
It’s a beautiful sunny morning in Ottawa, to which I have returned for the first time in many months. I’m here to give a speech about the Canadian political future with the Cons’ Tim Powers and the Dippers’ Brad Lavigne.
It’s a closed-door session, so I won’t give away what I intend to say. It’s Top Secret!
But on the issue that needs to be settled this week – who should be the Grits’ interim leader until a full-time one is selected by party members – here’s what I think:
1. Bob Rae is fine, but only if he pledges to be interim, and he doesn’t run for the full-time post. I get the impression he doesn’t want to agree to that, which will sink him.
2. Stephane Dion is an awesome choice, since he’s (a) been leader and (b) he’s a Quebecker – which is the place where we have the greatest potential for growth, as the Dipper Kiddie Kaucus continues to stumble.
3. Ralph Goodale doesn’t speak French, and is therefore not a good idea.
There you go. That and fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee.
Have a nice day, Ottawans. Enjoy the calm before the storm.