Sunday, January 22, 2006 - Ignatieff scorns media yet again - The lighter side of a campaign:
"No wonder they love you: 'We're all running to get to the federal parliament in Ottawa, for God sake. I'm not running for municipal council here.' Star Liberal candidate Michael Ignatieff dismisses complaints he doesn't live in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, where he's running, or that he doesn't know much about the local issues."

He makes you question, why do we even have ridings with representatives in the first place? Next thing Ignatieff will be saying appointing senators is good for democracy.


Anonymous said...

Just because you have an address in the riding doesn't make you an effective leader. You never hear this criticism pointed at Jack Layton and Olivia Chow, equally at fault for the same thing. Additionally, Jean Chretien ran in 1992 for the riding of Beausejour, New Brunswick without even living in the same province.

Jonathan said...

It doesn't make it right. And just because people aren't clamouring at Jack Layton doesn't mean it is right either.

Further, it is one thing to live in another riding. It is quite another to parachute into a riding from another country.

Anonymous said...

"You never hear this criticism pointed at Jack Layton and Olivia Chow, equally at fault for the same thing"

I'm from BC - so I'm not really up on the local issues in TO - but didn't Jack Layton and Olivia Chow both serve on the Toronto City Council??? If so - wouldn't that give them some roots in their ridings? Ignatieff worries me - he comes across as a pompous ass that's skating in on his academic fame. Ever read his work? "US imperialism is real - and it's a good thing". Righhht, thanks but no thanks - back to Harvard with ya.

Anonymous said...

Ignatieff is one hell of a guy. I was fortunate enough to hear him speak at Harvard before and was really impressed. Stop attacking a thoughtful guy for being thoughtful; he's done a lot more than pass idle judgments from an ivory tower for the past years, has actively followed the canadian political scene, and will make a great MP (and dare I say... a great PM?)