Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Only Ignatieff can go to China - Take 2

September 1st, 2009: "Stephen Harper has been prime minister for four years, and he’s never visited China. We’ll be there next week."

September 2nd, 2009: Ignatieff cancels trip to China after election threat.

June 15, 2010: Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff to visit China.



  • I do not think Harper will call an election this time, I hope.

    By Blogger Annie..., at 10:49 PM  

  • I thought Ignatieff was going to ride the bus across Canada?

    Ignatieff finally has an issue ($1B boondoggle) that he should be shouting from the mountaintops and he goes to China? Isn't that where Smitherman is? Are they having a secret strategy session there.

    I was in Shanghai and Beijing 3 weeks ago and had to come right back because the pollution and humidity was too nasty. There is a reason why people don't visit China during the summer. Incredible country (I love China), but no one in their right mind goes there now (37C in Beijing today). I guess flights into China are cheap.

    By Blogger MississaugaPeter, at 10:51 PM  

  • Just like Chretien & Martin. Get those personal business contacts in place before leaving politics.

    By Blogger ridenrain, at 11:17 PM  

  • How much is this trip to China costing taxpayers?
    I thought top Chinese officials do not meeting with anyone but heads of state.
    Who's the audience in China then?

    By Blogger wilson, at 12:52 AM  

  • @Miss Pete: You seem to conveniently forget that not only are these costs primarily driven by security (spending as recommended by experts) but it was the Liberal Party's own Paul Martin who decided a few years ago that a G8 just wasn't enough and that a G20 was the way to go, with about 30 countries actually invited and about 20 000 delegates to boot.

    Yeah, shouting the facts from the rooftops should be a real winner for Iggy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:04 AM  

  • "Yeah, shouting the facts from the rooftops should be a real winner for Iggy."

    I wouldn't count on anybody listening to the facts. At the same time, the boondoggle is not an election-winning issue. It is news of the day amplified by the lack of other news. Moreover, Ignatieff has too much class to run on that issue (I wouldn't put it past Rae though).

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 5:13 PM  

  • Only Nixon can go to China - Vulcan proverb.

    By Blogger Josh, at 6:13 PM  

  • Anonymous Reformer and Hoser,

    Of course when polls reveal that the Conservatives fell below 30% at the end of the month, it will have nothing to do with this issue.

    By Blogger MississaugaPeter, at 10:59 PM  

  • Ignatieff will be meeting with Mo Strong in China, plus some minor government officials who will be smiling continuously.

    Maybe Ignatieff wants to squeeze in a free trip to China to see the Big Wall before the inevitable happens.

    By Anonymous Observant, at 10:51 AM  

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