My prediction was wrong, the Tories have selected Jeannot Volpé as their interim leader.
This is a horrible choice for the Tories and the second best possible choice for the Liberals. The best would have been anyone but Volpé with Volpé being elected the permanent leader.
Volpé has essentially been acting as interim leader since the election. Lord has made few public appearences and Volpé, under the guise of being finance critic and finance being responsible for everything, had been making most of the public comments for the Tory caucus.
Quite frankly, in my view, it was as much thanks to Volpé's vicious and ultra-negative statements on a virtual daily basis in the weeks following the swearing-in of the Graham government as it was to the sound performance by the Liberals that we just saw a poll putting the Liberals at 65%. A few months, or if Liberals are really lucky, a year with Volpé as leader could see Shawn Graham's Liberals sharing similar numbers to those that Newfoundland and Labrador's Danny Williams and his Tories enjoy.