There's a lot of talk about Kennedy running two food banks, but I'm not sure that the people talking about it understand what running a food bank entails. I was a volunteer at the Daily Bread food bank for a couple of years during Kennedy's time there as Executive Director. My impression was that Kennedy was essentially a media spokesperson. I can't remember how many paid employees there were at the Daily Bread, but I think it was just a few. There was also a board of directors that seemed to be making a lot of the decisions. I'm not saying that he did nothing - just that his experience there is being blown way out of proportion.
I checked out Kennedy's record in the Ontario legislature, and he hasn't shown much interest in anything outside of education and social services. It's great that he's got that niche but federal leadership requires a whole lot more. Added to that he only has provincial political experience - and not much of that.
Kennedy's campaign seems to be well-financed. In the candidate videos all the other candidates address the camera, but Kennedy's video is a glitzy music-backed montage in which he appears only in still shots. To me, this video emphasizes his weakness as a public speaker and his appeal as a pretty-boy.
If Kennedy were a brilliant speaker and thinker it wouldn't matter so much that he was unable to get a university degree from undemanding programs at two universities (and I think more than four years of effort). He's a lightweight, and Harper would crush him in a debate.
I would have assumed that Kennedy's leadership bid is just a way for him to move up to a cabinet position when he switches to federal politics, but a lot of people (including some key people in my riding association) are backing him for leader. His bid is real and while he's not the frontrunner, he has a very real chance of becoming leader.
In short, I don't think Kennedy is qualified to do the job. He may be one day, but I'd say even that is a long shot. At the best, if we elect him he won't be ready to take on Harper until five years from now, and handing Harper five years (and possibly a majority) is a disastrous plan.