Though the Canadian Press reported that Stephane Dion didn't make any major changes today, I'd consider naming the yet to be elected candidate Bob Rae as Foreign Affairs critic, pretty significant.
It's an interesting move and one that I think ultimately will play well. I know there is much angst out there about Rae, but there is no denying his ability to deal with media and certainly he is a good choice for this particular position.
Of course reporters this evening were searching for their footing on this news. Throwing out pro's and con's of the move, I suspect, (keeping with the theme of my last post), deciding what new narrative they will "sell" to Canadians tomorrow. One recurring theme is that by having Rae out there in addition to Ignatieff, Dion will further be highlighted as not being a leader.
What absolute nonsense. That may well be their narrative and of course the con's will play on it, but think for a second. What is leadership? A person who is unafraid to share the spotlight and use the very best talent he has, or a man who muzzles all around him, takes no advice and decides that he and he alone is the the "party"? For those unable to spot the difference, one of the above is termed a dictator in common parlance.
I can't wait for the first shot across the bow from the con's who suggest that Rae is unelected. In fact, I'm sure that was one of the first things they were all told not to say today. Rae, will be assisting with policy and unlike Fortier, is allowed to speak to the press and I hope he's out there often. (They also have Emerson .)
The problems aren't over, but this is an interesting start. Consider this, we are being attacked by the Con's, the media and the NDP. It takes an awful lot to fight that. I wonder how many Liberal supporters are doing what they can to fight back? It's time to turn this around.
Laughing out loud at the media would be a good start. Did you listen to the press conference?