December 1, 2008 / 7:19 PM / 9 years ago

Liberals pick Dion to be PM in coalition

<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion (L) receives a standing ovation from his caucus during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 27, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The parliamentary caucus of Canada’s Liberals, the main opposition, agreed on Monday that party leader Stephane Dion would be prime minister if opposition parties bring down the Conservatives and form a coalition government.

Liberal legislator Dominic LeBlanc told reporters: “The caucus is in complete agreement with the idea of a coalition government. The deal that was presented to us received unanimous backing ... We’ve decided that the only person and the best person to lead and form a coalition government is the elected leader of our party, the leader of the opposition, Stephane Dion. We are comfortable with that, we support that.”

He said a party vote to replace Dion as leader would go ahead as planned next May.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; writing by Peter Galloway; Editing by Jeffrey Jones

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below