bottom line is: most Canadians do not like Dion. Dion would be the leader of the coalition, therefore the coalition is unwanted.
Oh for heavens sake. The Liberals are having a leadership convention in May, as planned, so he wouldn't be the PM for long. If parliament is released from it's lockdown at the end of January and the leadership convention is in May, he would be leader for a grand total of 3 months.
My best guess is that seeing as Stephane Dion was stepping down anyways, he's been chosen to "take one for the team". If things don't work out, as the one in the public eye he's the one that gets the blame. The leadership candidates are keeping a fairly low profile, other than saying they support him. That way whoever is chosen can step into place theoretically untainted by association if the coalition doesn't work out.
problem is: this new leader would also represent Canada on the international stage. Do you honestly want Dion to represent us as a nation? I'd rather have Harper.
I'm embarrassed to have Harper as Prime Minister. He sold us out to Bush, lied about his actions, and used the emergency public address system to try to tell me that parliament working as it should is a national crisis. Now he's muzzled parliament - it's locked down and nothing will get done about anything until the end of January now when things reconvene. In effect, he's preventing anything being done about this economic crisis that is his supposed focus. He's also aggravating the division between Quebec and the rest of Canada and then crying about how the other parties are endangering Canadian unity. It just doesn't make sense.
I like the idea of a coalition. Maybe Dion wouldn't be the best choice for PM, but none of them really seize the imagination the way that Obama did for Americans. Dion would only be temporary anyways.
On the bright side, maybe more than 54% of Canadians will vote next time. It seems like a lot more people are paying attention to politics now than they were a couple of months ago.