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Ignatieff tapped as Liberal deputy leader

Stéphane Dion has appointed Michael Ignatieff, a key rival in the race to head the federal Liberals, as his deputy leader.

'In this dream team, my dream was to have Michael Ignatieff as close to me as possible.'

Stéphane Dion has appointed Michael Ignatieff, a key rival in the race to head the federal Liberals,as his deputy leader.

"We will have a dream team to offer to Canadians," Dion said as hemade the announcement in the city of Quebec Monday. "In this dream team,my dream was to have Michael Ignatieff as close to me as possible."

Ignatieff, who wasthe front-runner in polls for most of the leadership campaign,placed second to Dion at the convention in Montrealin early December.

Dion told reporters that he would announce roles for his other leadership rivals on Tuesday.

"You will see how much each of us will be involved in this dream team," he said.

Political insiders have predicted that:

  • Bob Rae will be in charge of developing the party platform for the next election.
  • Gerard Kennedy, the fourth-place contender who clinched victory for Dion, will play a senior role in organizing the national election campaign.
  • Toronto lawyer Martha Hall Findlay, the lone female and last-place contender, might be given the task of travelling the country and consulting with the Liberal grassroots on policy.

Dion said heexpects to hold his first caucus meeting in Quebec on Jan. 22.