There has been some speculation, in light of the corporate tax cut that Dion is proposing, that there is a shift of the political "center" in this country to the right.
I wonder, though, if this is the case, if it's as pronounced as it seems to be based on this move by Dion, or if it's less pronounced becuase of political ideology distribution in Canada becoming bimodal.
With the surging popularity of the Green Party, votes that used to be up for grabs from the Liberals are being fought over by the Greens and the NDP, leaving the Grits grasping for accessible voters.
Since you'd have to live under a rock to know that there are Conservatives all over this country getting a little bit fed up waiting for their tax cuts, it's no wonder that Liberals would start trying to appeal to them. There's also a libertarian contingent looking for tax cuts and more liberal social policy, which, if the Liberals are going to start promising tax cuts anyway, could be an easy group for them to appeal to.
So could it be a shift of the center to the right, simultaneously caused and tempered by a strengthening of the left? Who knows? But it's a neat idea.
cross-posted to The Natural Society