The day after (part 1)
Last night (and this morning) I've been in Toronto, watching the free-fall and collapse of the federal Liberal party. There will be plenty to write about on this topic in days ahead, but for now, as a place-holder of sorts on this blog, I'll say I stand by the predictions made in a previous post (Trading Places).
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is holding a news conference at 10 a.m., and the general speculation is leaning toward his immediate resignation. If that's so, and my reading of the party constitution (Section 54) is correct, Liberals would be then forced to have an immediate leadership contest too.
I'm not entirely sure that the Liberals are in any mood to plunge into yet another leadership race. My bet is that they'd like to take their time, now that they're facing at least four years in the wilderness. So look for Ignatieff to try to find a way to leave, without automatically triggering a leadership race as required under the constitution.