It looks like Dion's got another dog...besides Kyoto though (he called his dog Kyoto)
check this out...looks like the knives are coming out......shared with disclaimers and all that stuff from CTV website this morning.
Liberal rift erupts over aide close to Dion
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion speaks to reporters after meeting with his Quebec caucus in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes)
The Canadian Press
Updated: Thu. Sep. 27 2007 6:23 PM ET
Stephane Dion's palace guard was under seige Thursday by members of his own party calling on the Liberal leader to dismiss one of his closest aides over alleged remarks about Quebec.
Several MPs and senators from the province have been pleading privately for him to fire Jamie Carroll, the Liberals' national director and one of the key players in Dion's leadership victory.
They are now making their demands public.
Witnesses at a closed-door meeting this week say Carroll was dismissive when some Quebec Liberals suggested their leader's entourage needed more people who were bilingual and from the province.
According to witnesses Carroll remarked that if he hired more Quebecers, then he'd have to hire more Chinese.
Carroll says the conversation has been mischaracterized and twisted out of context.
But some of his outraged colleagues still want him gone.
"I called party headquarters to tell them we can't tolerate that in this party,'' Montreal MP Pablo Rodriguez said in an interview.
"I don't see how Mr. Carroll could remain in his role with comments like that.''
If Dion didn't have enough headaches with his party's woeful fundraising, poor recent byelection results, and a possible federal election approaching, he now has to deal with a public war between members of his party and one of his top organizers.
Carroll said in a statement he never meant to insult Quebecers, or Chinese-Canadians.
He said he agrees with increasing the number of francophone Quebecers working in the national office, but also believes the party must reflect Canada's growing diversity.
But the head of the Liberals' Quebec wing also wants Carroll gone.
Robert Fragasso says party members support Dion, but adds that the leader is not a populist and he needs more contact with ground-level organizers from his home province.
Fragasso was at the meeting with Carroll where the exchange on the subject came up. The remarks from the national director, he said, will divide the party and pit francophone Quebecers against anglophones.
"I informed our party president -- (Marie) Poulin -- that very night that I would demand his resignation,'' he said.
"We can't ask a national director who holds such a scornful attitude and who has such retrograde ideas toward Quebec to be the person who unites everyone leading toward the next election. Come on.''
Party president Marie Poulin was also quoted by the Journal de Montreal newspaper saying Carroll made a joke at the meeting and she didn't find it funny.
Another senior Quebec Liberal says party stalwart Denis Coderre was livid and also asked national headquarters to remove Carroll. Coderre refused to be interviewed.
But that senior Liberal says that the one-line crack about hiring Quebecers is only the latest cause for annoyance with Carroll, and that several key Liberals have already tried urging Dion to dump him.
He questioned Carroll's understanding of the Elections Act and bemoaned the party's woeful fundraising record.
Party sources last May said deputy leader Michael Ignatieff tried urging Dion to dump Carroll.
Although displeased with Carroll's public musings, sources said Dion indicated that he would not fire his hand-picked choice for the party's top administrative post.
Ignatieff was incensed by comments from Carroll in a new book, "Against the Current.''
In it, Carroll expressed doubts about Dion's decision to extend an olive branch to his former leadership rivals and said he loses sleep at night worrying about how they might undermine the leader.
The Tories wasted little time in joining the flock criticizing one of Dion's top lieutenants.
"Carroll made some really bizarre, eye-raising remarks. Apparently Liberals themselves find them, at best, distasteful,'' said Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney.
"He seems to be insulting two different groups at the same time, showing terribly bad judgment.
"This doesn't reflect well on Stephane Dion, who should hold this guy accountable.''