Is it still Mr. Dion or just Mr. Disappointment?
Our Liberal leader did not distinguish himself yesterday in his cold-porridge response to the Harper throne speech. The opposition will bring amendments which, if they're rejected, will send it scurrying to abstain from actually taking a position on policies it has long condemned.
Mr. D's Liberal party is in a tactical retreat, or so we're told. The only thing clear is its intent to head for the hills at the first sign of anything it doesn't like. Even if it is a wise option for the caucus - it's a message to every uncommitted Canadian voter that the Libs are in disarray and routed.
Running is one thing, running away is another. There has to be a game plan, something understandable, compelling and convincing, that you're running to or else you're just running away.
The Official Opposition doesn't run from the government it is supposed to oppose. It stands and makes its opposition known and felt. It presents the electorate with a clear alternative, another option they can support.
Tabling amendments doesn't cut it. That's whining, not opposing. To announce, in advance, that you'll be putting forward these amendments and then folding your hand if they're not accepted, gives feckless a near-religious quality.
If Dion wants our support, he needs to earn it. He must come out with a clear, forceful and cogent policy - one that reflects his vision and that carves out real territory for the Libs and forces the NDP and CPC to their natural warrens.