Ian Davey - The Storm Creator
Last week, however, back in Toronto, Ignatieff told the Star his mother-in-law was, in fact, not ill.
"There is no health crisis," he said. "There never was. Anybody who said there was, was not authorized to say that. I never purported to say that."
He apologized for the confusion.
For the record, I don't think anyone was ever criticizing Ignatieff for spending time with his family. If he wants to visit a relative, sick or not, and take a three week vacation in the middle of a leadership race, that's his prerogative. The criticism was always on Iggy going completely silent and not releasing a statement on the Middle East crisis. Reading Diebel's article, it's clear that there was a major breakdown in communication in the Ignatieff campaign (Paul Wells explains why that's a bad thing here).