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John McCallum to be Liberal interim leader
|Last Edited||Monsieur Oct 19, 2008 07:56pm|
|News Date||Sunday, October 19, 2008 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Ontario Liberal MP John McCallum has been tapped to take over the reins of his party as interim leader if Stephane Dion steps down as expected on Monday, CTV News has learned. |
"People in the Liberal Party are still telling us Dion intends to quit Monday afternoon," CTV's chief political correspondent Craig Oliver said Saturday.
Dion's office released a media alert on Friday announcing Monday's 2 p.m. press conference.
Dion has not spoken publicly since losing his bid to become prime minister in Tuesday's election.
Oliver said that McCallum was chosen because he is bilingual, an authority on finance and well-regarded by the Liberal caucus.
"He's though of as a consensual interim leader, he's not going to be flying off on his own making decisions that they can't support," Oliver said.
The Liberals have a convention in May, which may be used for a leadership convention.
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