Stephane Dion is legit.
Sure, he was dogged by the Tories and the media for all sorts of things, but he has survived. He's even gone beyond surviving, he's turned the corner. Sure, he had many MP's retire during the earlier parts of his tenure, and the caucus wasn't always behind him; however, I think you can say that's he's now on the up-slope. Sure, there will be bumps (and blood perhaps too), but his main political purpose is no longer to deliver Harper a Majority on a silver platter. Recently, Buzz Hargrove, Canada's most notable union organizer has pretty much dismissed the NDP and is seriously considering a liberal run because he thinkgs Dion is "on the right track." Likewise, NPD pioneer Reid Scott is disaffected by his leader and is favourable to Dion's policy. Consequently, he's joining the federal liberals.
Does that mean victory for Dion? Not yet. However, since being elected leader, it's been pretty much common knowledge that's Dion's growth potential is on the left - the right I guess has no affinity for guys with conviction and the intellect to back it up. That means Dion is showing some success in encroaching on Layton's NDP territory. That's a pretty good sign compared to the Tories who are polling lower than their election results, and the NDP who are have the Greens on their heels.
Speaking of the Tories. it seems like they're pushing themselves to the right. They've appointed Preston Manning to some science advisory panel. Yes, former Reform Leader Preston Manning. I'm not saying Prestong Manning isn't a sound policy mind, but for a country of 30+ million, I'm sure there are many more appropriate candidates than what see as a right wing, bible thumping Conservative, but I guess that's what Stevie H. sees as science. If you look at his history, he did appoint John Baird as environment minister. That was well received. Oh yes, while we're on appointments Bernier, Bernier Bernier, Couillard. That last sentence had everything to do with the topic at hand. Anyway, what I want to say is that appointing Preston to this panel is only going to appeal to his right wing base which Stevie H. already has under his belt. Not much room for growth.