From this week’s magazine

My column. The tone may surprise some who know I’ve long thought highly of Stéphane Dion. Simply put, it’s getting harder to think highly of him. And the last thing Liberals need now is soothing words.

If Dion were retiring it would be easy to write encouraging words about accomplishments that are now, in the main, about a decade old. If he had decided to stay and fight and had said so on the morning of Oct. 15, it would have been easy to defend his right to try. Instead he is staying around only long enough to assign himself two vital jobs for which he has a miserable track record and no demonstrable skill. I thought I might as well say so.

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