Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion is taking the first steps to a personal and party makeover in the wake of this week's punishing losses in Quebec by-elections.
Dion is candidly admitting that his own image needs polishing and, as well, it's believed he's getting ready to name a new Quebec lieutenant, possibly MP Denis Coderre, a former immigration minister.
Dion is working hard this week to show that he and his party have learned lessons from the by-elections, in which the Liberals lost their traditionally safe riding of Outremont – the NDP's Thomas Mulcair took it for his party – and collected less than 10 per cent of the vote in the other two ridings, which were won by the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois.
In the Radio-Canada interview, Dion said too many Quebecers still viewed him as a former cabinet minister instead of as a future prime minister and that up to now in his political career, he's dwelled more in the ideas part of politics than the personality aspects. "I hesitated to put myself in the foreground of the debate," he said.
On Wednesday, staff from Dion's office met with Liberal MPs' staffers, in what was reportedly a frank and sometimes tense exchange over lack of communication among Liberals on Parliament Hill. The main message to the Official Opposition Leader's office, according to staffers who attended the session, was: "You are not listening to us." Source.