You come on back, kid

I have always been underestimated, and it has always served me well.

-Stéphane Dion to TVA’s Lina Dib, shortly after winning the Liberal leadership

“Liberal Leader Stephane Dion emerged as the clear winner of the French debate, according to an Ipsos Reid poll for Canwest News Service and Global National late Wednesday night. [MTL Gazette]

“It seems Stéphane Dion really surprised you, and many analysts seem to agree: Dion scored many points.” [Patrick Lagacé, to his readers]

“Dion was in fine form.” [Journal de Montréal]

“There were practically no expectations for Stéphane Dion before the debate. Yet he did very well, even exceeding his own.” [Vincent Marissal, on Radio-Canada]

AND THE KICKER: “Twenty per cent of the French-speaking Canadians surveyed said they have changed their mind about who to vote for on Oct. 14 after watching the debate.” [MTL Gazette]

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