Canwest News: Stephane Dion to Step Down This Week

by matttbastard

Just saw the following on the National Post’s Twitter feed:

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion will step down before Wednesday, possibly Monday, Canwest News Service has learned

Much more to come, I’m sure.

Update 12.08: Dion confirms his early exit via statement:

“I have decided to step aside as leader of the Liberal party effective as soon as my successor is duly chosen,” Dion said in a press release. He did not specify a date.

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Dion said he agrees with party members that a new leader must be in place before Parliament resumes.

“There is a sense in the party, and certainly in the caucus, that given these new circumstances the new leader needs to be in place before the House resumes. I agree. I recommend this course to my party and caucus,” he wrote.

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Hey 62% Majority

by matttbastard

See you next year.

Go read Alison.  Now.

(image courtesy Impolitical)

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What’s At Stake

by matttbastard

While Ottawa smolders with inflamed partisanship, CP reports that Canada shed 70,600 jobs in November, the highest monthly job loss figures since 1982, when the country was mired in a deep recession (as opposed to a ‘technical’ recession *cough*). Guess which province (and sector) overwhelmingly bore the brunt of the bleeding?

Yep:

Ontario shed 66,000 jobs last month, leading the country to the largest decline since the deep recession of 1982.

The province’s losses pushed the unemployment rate to 7.1 per cent from 6.5 per cent the previous month. Overall, 70,600 jobs were chopped across the country.

The battered manufacturing sector was mostly responsible for the job bleeding in Ontario with a decline of 42,000. That took the factory sector’s share of employment in the province to 13 per cent – down from 18.2 per cent six years ago.

Gee, too bad our prime minister concluded the most prudent step to address the economy was to lock the doors of parliament, at a time when stability and leadership is absolutely vital if we are to maintain public confidence in an increasingly unstable economic landscape. All because Stephen Harper apparently values his own job security over that of the nation. Oh, and I hope you all will excuse me for being a little skeptical of Tony Clement’s MacGyver-like creativity in the midst of a crisis in the auto industry.

Enjoy your fire alarm vacation, Steve. We’ll see you on the 26th. Of January.

Related: Is changing the government without an election “undemocratic”, as Harper and Co. have repeatedly claimed? Of course not. So maybe someone should pass the message along to Bob Fife.

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