Canada’s Liberal Party leader Stéphane Dion has officially announced his plans to resign.
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Stéphane Dion has resigned as the leader of the Liberal Party. He will stay until May, when a leadership convention will pick his successor
Dion is set to resign after the Liberal Party failed to defeat Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party in last week’s federal election in Canada.
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The leader of Canada’s main opposition Liberal Party, Stephane Dion, has announced he is to resign after last week’s election defeat.
Canadians re-elected the Conservative Party, led by Stephen Harper, to head a third minority government in the space of four years.
The Liberal Party won just 76 seats, a loss of 19.
Mr Dion said he would remain party leader until an election could be held, to ensure a “successful transition”.
The Liberals had failed to inspire voters with an ambitious green carbon tax plan, says the BBC’s Lee Carter in Toronto.
Dion is only the second Liberal leader in history to fail to become the prime minister of Canada.
His potential successors include former Ontario premier Bob Rae and deputy party leader Michael Ignatieff.
Dion is only the second Liberal leader in history to fail to became [sic] prime minister, joining Edward Blake who led the party in the 1880s.
The once-mighty, self-described “natural governing party” is now likely to turn a previously scheduled policy convention, booked for May in Vancouver, into a leadership convention.
The contest is almost certain to become another showdown between deputy leader Michael Ignatieff and former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae. They were the front-runners in the 2006 contest but so polarized the race that Dion was able to come up the middle to score a stunning come-from-behind victory.
While many will be sad to see Dion go, this is a political outcome that was widely expected.
Dion tried to fight fair & Canada rewarded him accordingly. Very sad to see him go but political games aren’t won by keeping your gloves on.
But not everyone agrees that Dion should wait until the Liberal Party convention next spring — some believe he should have resigned immediately.
Dion should have stepped down immediately. The last thing his party needs is a lame duck leader in the House until the convention.