"The fact that Stephane Dion cannot commit to paying off his debts promptly shows that he is a weak leader who can't be trusted with the nation's finances," Poilievre told The Canadian Press.
He challenged Dion to "commit to Canadians that he will pay off all of his debts before the next election."
"If Mr. Dion goes into the next election with these debts hanging over his head, then Canadians will wonder about his fiscal competence."
Former Liberal leadership candidates to repay debts; Dion plan under review
OTTAWA — Elections Canada has accepted debt paydown agreements totalling nearly $1.4 million from eight Liberals who ran for the party leadership in 2006.
But Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand is still reviewing a paydown plan submitted by party leader Stephane Dion. Dion, whose debt from the campaign was recently reported at more than $800,000, had the largest outstanding obligations from the campaign.
Toronto MP Ken Dryden was next, with $300,000 in loans to repay, all to himself as the lender, by June 3.
Deputy Leader Michael Ignatieff had a debt of $187,000.
Under federal election law, the candidates had 18 months to arrange paydown agreements acceptable to Elections Canada, or the debts would have been converted into campaign contributions.