Stephane Dion doesn't have to worry about my vote and he probably doesn't have to worry about yours either. That said, your vote and mine aren't going to make or break Dion and the Liberal Party in the next election. That fate rests in the hands of the great many, uncommitted Canadian voters. They're the votes that Dion has to win over and, according to the latest Angus Reid poll, he's not doing it.
At 25 per cent approval, Dion's numbers are well behind those of the Liberals who sit at 34%. That suggests there are quite a few people willing to support the Liberal party despite Dion's lacklustre leadership. For a leader whose claim to fame is the environment, the poll numbers are even more gloomy. While the Greens came out as the top party on the environment, the NDP outpolled the Libs on Dion's forte issue 2:1.
The incredible shrinking Liberal leader needs to get his act together - pronto! If he continues to be seen as a milquetoast, the party will pay a big price for it in the next election. When the Tories ran those ads attacking Dion as a leader, they weren't trying to change public opinion, merely reinforce it. They had obviously done their own polling and determined this was where Dion was truly vulnerable.
So, Stephane has to show he's not what so many now think he is. He's got to come out as bold and dynamic and even aggressive. This is not a time for wallflowers. With an election as potentially close as the next one, perception becomes almost everything.
You see, this problem goes far beyond the next election. Dion needs solid public support and trust, not just to oust the Harper conservatives but to make real progress on selling the Canadian people on the sacrifices that will be necessary to begin combatting global warming. If you can barely get elected, you don't have a snowball's chance of getting anywhere on global warming.