Dion moves planning meeting
As we reported in the Star last week, Liberal leader Stéphane Dion got a pretty rough ride at last Monday's meeting of the priorities and planning committee of caucus. Almost every former leadership candidate, including heavyweights Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff, are now in favour of bringing the government down before summer. Yes, that would mean a mid-July election. Some of my colleagues and I discussed this last night on CBC Newsworld's Politics panel.
There is a confidence vote scheduled for Monday night. That means that Dion would have had to go through another barrage at Monday's P&P. So he's moved the meeting to Tuesday, we hear. That probably won't end the calls for an election, however. Some caucus members were agitating for a meeting tomorrow, as well, but Dion is resisting those calls too.
We will keep you posted if anything changes.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, as Liberals do debate pulling the plug, Conservatives have unleashed a wave of attack ads on Dion's carbon-tax-shift proposal. The website is here.