POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY WILLIAM JOHNSON IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
"How do we make this place worthy of our dreams? How do we fix what is so obviously wrong? Those questions became my own. It's why I came back. It's why I entered politics. It's why I'm here."
This quote tells us a great deal about Ignatieff.
First, the arrogance comes through in "worthy of our dreams."
Canada is one of the best countries in the world in which to live. To ask for more is arrogant.
Indeed, it is typically American, and just look at how many places America has made worthy of dreams. Vietnam. Cambodia. Afghanistan, Iraq. Chile. Palestine.
Then there is the vast ghetto gulag stretching right across America.
I simply do not agree that tensions and pressures from different interests in our society are obviously wrong. We deal with it, and we often become a larger people while dealing with it.
In the society Ignatieff admires so much, the United States, separatists, for example, would have been beaten and thrown into prison. Their party would never have been tolerated in the national legislatures. The secret services would be working overtime on dirty tricks.
I much prefer tolerating an essentially decent man like Duceppe in our Parliament. His movement is unquestionably gradually fading, in part precisely because Canada is a good place to live.
“It’s why I came back.”
Clearly, that is a disingenuous statement. He came back for the opportunity to cap his ambitious career with a prime ministership. And his lack of ideas and his lack of ease with those outside the elite are the clearest evidence for this motive as they are also the clearest evidence of his unsuitability to be leader of the Liberal Party.