Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Michael Ignatieff: The Liberal Party's New Leader

Michael Ignatieff has been appointed to the top job in the Liberal Party of Canada. I'm not going to dwell on how he got the job because clearly the powers at be were comfortable with the process. Whether Liberal Party members will be so forgiving of the backroom deal that put him in place is TBD.

Looking to the race ahead, I was particularly struck by these comments on the SDA forums:

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Leader of the Liberal party... In his own words.

"To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils : indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war."

Lesser Evils
Michael Ignatieff
New York Times Magazine
dimanche 2 mai 2004

Here I am thinking that most of the Liberal party doesn't have a clue about this devil they don't know.

Posted by: Zip at December 9, 2008 11:12 AM

The MSM will have to make the CPC look far-right so that the Liberals will appear to be the center. Get ready for a full assault of the Neo-cons are mean-spirited, nasty, knuckle-dragging, heartless rednecks stories. Articles filled with anonymous sources, sensitive papers found and delivered to the CBC, days upon days of manufactured outrage over one petty issues and an unending parade of "experts" to condemn every CPC initiative. I suspect they will also throw in a lot of region-baiting stories to attempt to demonize the west to gain support in Ontario and the East. That is why the progressive MSM want Harper gone. He has outsmarted them too many times and they would prefer an easier target.

Posted by: lynnh at December 9, 2008 12:03 PM

Let's see. Having failed in a clandestine backroom coup to replace Canada's duly-elected Prime Minister without going to the Canadian electorate, the Liberal Party of Canada has responded by . . . well . . . conducting an INTERNAL clandestine backroom coup to dispose of its own elected leader, the chief knock against whom is that he is a hopelessly out-of-touch academic, and replace him with another hopelessly out-of-touch academic without going to the Liberal Party membership.

Somehow, I don't think that this will play well in a democracy.

Conservatives must stress how this episode exposes the incredible insularity, elitism and Toronto-centrism of the Liberal Party of Canada. For the Liberals, it's all about catering to the ever-changing whims and whispers of the backroom elite in Toronto. This is a political party that has turned its back on its own rank-and-file, just as it has turned its back on ordinary Canadians.

The Tories should be welcoming with open arms those centrist Liberal Party members who are having second thoughts about jumping into an ill-conceived coalition with socialists and separatists on the eve of a Global recession and who want to know just how a Russian aristocrat (I, for one, will be insisting that Count Ignatieff be addressed using his proper title) who has spent the majority of his adult life outside of Canada came to be their party's leader without their vote.

Posted by: Meerschaum at December 9, 2008 12:04 PM

Finally, Stephen LeDrew, president of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1998 to 2003, has some very strong words as well.

While I do not hide the fact that I've long hoped that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives be given the opportunity to have a majority government, I also firmly believe that a democracy is much stronger when it has at least two strong parties. The Liberals are still very much up the creek with a broken paddle mended together with Scotch tape.


nachtwache said...

I read up on Iggy and he seems like a person that isn't very settled and constant. His life's story so far reads a bit like that of a lost person trying to figure out where he belongs in one way but also not very faithful, suddenly turning his back on his friends and moving on.
He was certainly not very nice to his younger brother when they were young nor. The younger brother seems to be the one with compassion and loyalty.
Maybe Iggy has matured enough?

Pelalusa said...

For me, Iggy is a blank slate, so I'm willing to give him a fair shot. I truly will.

But what annoys me beyond belief is the LOVE-IN that the media has already engaged in with Ignatieff. This morning, CKNW's Bill Good pretty much had a verbal wet dream with Iggy. Such clear & obvious bias (toward ANY candidate or party) is incredibly detrimental to our country.

Jen said...

The Liberals are still very much up the creek with a broken paddle mended together with Scotch tape.

As long as the MSM:Fife, Taber, Mansbridge etc etc.......of the leftwing MSM both of newspaper and television continue to paste glue on the liberal broken paddles the liberals will survive. Without the glue the liberals are alone in a stream somewhere.
The liberals-ndp-bloc broke our democracy and now they are using any leftover glue pasters to survive.
Have you noticed that the prime minister has no media to his name yet he survives.
The liberals on the other hand have every MSM to their name to protect them from people like us and they are struggling to survive.
We canadians are the real glue we hold our Demorcracy with pride we are the ones who know who stand for our country flag troops-PM,STEPHEN HARPER.

Pelalusa said...

Well said, Jen! And the thing is, I don't want the Conservatives to be given a free ride by the media and/or a love-in with them. I simply want fair & balanced reporting by ALL of them for ALL of them. Why is this such a preposterous request?!?