Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Stéphane Dion: Going for the Cup

Stéphane Dion is here to stay. Only 48 hours after Super Weekend (with 60 meetings still to report, mind you!) and the Rumour Mill is already spinning full circle! The first rumour, being reported by Liberal Life and Times, would have us believe that Stéphane Dion is about to drop out and support Kennedy. This is sheer nonsense. To his credit, Liberal Life and Times dismisses this nonsense as being supported by NO EVIDENCE at all.

The other rumour, coming from a friendly source - not on the Blogosphere yet, as far as I know – would have Stéphane drop out to throw his support to Bob Rae. Says my reliable source - in French:

« La rumeur a commencé à circuler sur Internet et dans les médias que S. Dion s'apprêtait à se joindre à Bob Rae. Il n'en est pas question. Stéphane est sur les rangs pour y rester. Il sera encore de la course au dernier tour de scrutin le 2 décembre au Palais des congrès de Montréal. »

In other words, Stéphane Dion is there to stay; he’s fighting to win. He’s not dropping out, he’ll be there at the Montréal Convention, and he intends to be on the last ballot!

Now: are we going to play nice and focus on policy? Or are we going to spread baseless rumours?

I’ll leave you with that simple question: who benefits from these rumours?

Sleep tight!
Three tails up for Dion,
Dudley, with files from Jules.


Blogger Skip said...

As a Rae supporter, I was pretty certain that this was a bogus rumor. None of the big four are going to drop out before the convention, and it seems more than likely that the little fish are planning on staying in the pond as well.

However, I do think that Stephane (51) supporting Bob (58) would be a smart move. First, it makes him the leader-in-waiting after Bob's tenure would be up. Second, Bob is pretty much the only candidate I can see Dion go to (Kennedy would have been a match if he had any resonance in Quebec).

But that being said, I will reiterate that the rumour mill is just that, a rumour mill. And it's going to churn out more baseless nonsense over the next two months than you ever thought possible.

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