It looks like that Gerard Kennedy has announced that he will not be supporting the nation resolution. But is this a smart or a stupid move?
First of all, he sticks out like a sore thumb on this one. The rest of the political leadership in Ottawa is for this motion. On one hand, this may be the key to attracting more supporters, like Warren Kinsella, for both the Liberal Leadership Race, and the next general election. On the other, he's given a good reason for people to hate him.
Second of all, he may have reduced his ability to unite the Liberals afterwards if he got elected. As many may know, the Liberals were quite divided over the nation resolution before the resolution was put to the House. I'd believe however, that Kennedy will still be more able to unite then Iggy or Rae, who will send chunks of present Liberals out of the Liberal Party like an large asteroid would send out chunks if it hit the Earth (this is one theory on how the Moon formed).
Third of all, he may have solidified himself as the "guy who cannot win Quebec". But to be blunt, I don't think he really has to. My look into the formation of majority governments shows that Quebec is a dead zone for all federalist parties, and to win big, the Liberals need to retain Ontario and gain in the West. Kennedy looks like the best man to do so.
Finally, he has put himself as a person who is willing to make tough decisions. For a person I thought kept on spouting fluffy cliché slogans with no real meaning to them, this is a major step in disproving that thought. But then again, he did take a couple of days consulting with experts to come up with this decision.
So, smart or stupid? I can't tell the future, but right now Kennedy looks like he made a smart decision.