Excellent article on things Liberal and leadership and historical and present day and what not in the Ottawa Citizen today.
BTW, I'm watching my DVD collection of The West Wing at the moment, which is always a good ideal when you supply of political idealism needs a boost, and I think there's one piece of advice that can be modified for the present situation: Let Dion be Dion.
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Dion may be down but not out, political history suggests
Juliet O'Neill, CanWest News Service
Published: Sunday, September 30, 2007
OTTAWA -- There is no need to push the panic or eject buttons on Liberal Leader Stephane Dion, say two men who worked closely with former prime minister Jean Chretien during his difficult, if largely forgotten, time as Opposition leader in the early 1990s.
Peter Donolo and Eddie Goldenberg note that Chretien's decade in power was preceded by such a rough ride as Opposition leader that he lost his confidence.
He made some big gaffes. He was laughed at and criticized, second-guessed by colleagues and vilified in his home province of Quebec. Like Dion, his party lost a Montreal byelection in a riding that had been held by Liberals for more than 70 years.