Everyone has noted these new poll results, which show a leaderless Liberal party in a dead-heat with the Tories. But I am not sure that their consequences for the Liberal leadership race have been properly explored.
Specifically, the candidacies of Michael Ignatieff and, to a lesser extent, Scott Brison (because nobody would mistake the latter for a "front-runner") are predicated upon the notion that the Liberal brand must be rebuilt; the party must move Right on the political spectrum and poach potential Tory votes.
However, the Decima Research results clearly refute this notion. What they suggest is that the Liberal brand need merely be reaffirmed, and traditional Liberal values re-embraced. The party need not, and in fact must not, present itself as Tory-lite, because the Tories are already Republican-lite, and such a move would make the Libs a faded copy of a faded copy.
And in any case, Republican-Lite is tanking with the Canadian populace.
As usual, the votes lay on the Left side of the Canadian political spectrum. Iggy has chosen to position himself, politically, where they aren't.