Stephane Dion's ability to communicate in English isn't poor, it's awful. His skills in the first language of most Canadians are awkward and halting. He struggles to find the correct word. Sometimes he says things he later has to retract.
On Afghanistan, Dion clearly talked about NATO getting involved in Pakistan. He now says he didn't mean military action inside Pakistan but that certainly was the impression he gave in his comments. That's also the way the government of Pakistan took Mr. Dion's words, calling his suggestion "irrational."
Pakistan's High Commission released a scathing rebuke. "We are dismayed by the statement of the leader of Opposition. It shows a lack of understanding of the ground realities."
Mr. Dion does not connect with the Canadian people, not even in his home province. He trails Harper and Layton by a large margin in polls.
At this point, the Liberal Party should not expect to form a government under this leader. This is one point on which the party and the Canadian people are seriously at odds.
The Reuters news service is running a story this morning claiming that the Liberals are eyeing an election and claiming that their chances of ousting Harper have improved. Why not? Let's get it over with. Stephane Dion has had plenty of time to establish himself as a leader in the eyes of the Canadian voter. Might as well let them have their say.