Dion will bow out early to clear way for successor
Last Updated: Monday, December 8, 2008 4:55 PM ET
Embattled Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion announced Monday he will step down earlier than planned, leaving his potential successors to battle over who will steer the party ahead of a possible election.Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, seen at a news conference on Oct. 20, said Monday he would step down earlier than planned. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Dion originally planned to stay on as a caretaker leader after the party's dismal election results until his successor was chosen in early May. But he has faced growing pressure from his party to leave due to his handling of the recent political crisis and his widespread unpopularity among voters.
"I have decided to step aside as leader of the Liberal party effective as soon as my successor is duly chosen," Dion said in a release. He did not specify a date.