Friday, May 06, 2011

Just Visiting?

Guess not:

Michael Ignatieff jumps to University of Toronto

Michael Ignatieff has been given a cozy office with a fireplace in University of Toronto’s acclaimed Massey College and will take up teaching duties in the law faculty, political-science department, Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy and Governance.


  • I guess he didn't have his own Leo McGarry?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 a.m.  

  • Harvard dosen't want losers.

    By Blogger ridenrain, at 9:31 a.m.  

  • Still can't find a real job can he?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:48 a.m.  

  • An exit strategy cooked up before the writ was dropped no doubt.

    I suspect that even Ignatieff hadn't thought that he'd lose his own seat so instead of leading the third party for a spell they just expidited the offer to get him the hell out of politics ASAP.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 a.m.  

  • Whether he wanted it or not, Ignatieff was probably "lucky" he lost on Monday. It lets him move on with his life.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 10:02 a.m.  

  • Given the amount of shite he's had to live with for the past three years, why would anyone in their right mind want to lead the Liberal Party of Canada?

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 11:06 a.m.  

  • The Conservatives cannot stand this,.... where will Harper get his job when he loses next time..the Mail room again or, with skinheads?

    By Anonymous Annie, at 11:10 a.m.  

  • I find it truly sad that Canadians didn't realize they had a potentially great leader in their midst. Now he is gone, and we've elected the Pilsbury doughboy...I guess we are just not very smart as a people.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 a.m.  

  • Only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner. For some reason this entry seems to have attracted its share of both.

    By Anonymous Jim R, at 12:23 p.m.  

  • Iggy not as dumb as he looks. He had his exit strategy signed and sealed long before election day.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:57 p.m.  

  • It seems like a sorry day in Canada when we would rather elect a never practicing economist who squandered a surplus before the recession hit. And have commenters somehow thinking that Mr Ignatieff with his worldly experience couldn't have done better if he hadn't been adversely painted by the PM from the moment he started his political career. I firmly beleive if he had retained his seat, he would have been a great help in restoring the Liberal Party. But since that didn't happen, we should all wish him well, and that the students he teaches will be all the better for it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 p.m.  

  • You think this means he wasn't just visiting?

    This was obviously arranged before the election, is an honorary post, and he will be gone after one year to the South of France,the US or wherever. He will not be in Canada by July 2012.

    He also has no intention of continuing to participate int he Liberal Party, unlike Stephane Dion. He was absolutely only in it for himself and this proves it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:11 p.m.  

  • Isn't Elizabeth May an ACTUAL American? Born and raised? In a playground is where she spent most of her days?

    Never heard a peep about that.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 1:22 p.m.  

  • @Anonymous: For God's sake, the man was vilified by attack ads and suffered a humiliating defeat, in which he also lost his seat.

    Do you seriously think anyone would stick around after that? Anyone? Maybe John Tory, but sticking around as long as he did was one of his big mistakes.

    This is even independent of the question of whether Ignatieff is a presumptious carpetbagger. I would expect anyone, anyone, to get out of politics after taking the kind of hits that he has.

    Jim R is dead-on about sore winners.

    By Blogger saphorr, at 1:32 p.m.  

  • First off, there is no way that this arrangement was cooked up before the election. It would be insulting to offer a party leader a post loss opportunity before the loss...

    Second, Iggy has lived comfortably in Toronto now for 5 years. He has an apartment, is used to the city, and likes it. Moreover, he could go back to Harvard if he wanted to, since his Harvard classes were highly sought after and brought in the $$. The dude is staying in Canada, and that is probably a good thing for Massey College, and the students of Law, Poli Sci, GA and SPPG at UofT.

    By Blogger James McKenzie, at 1:56 p.m.  

  • Like him or not (and I was agnostic), with Iggy, Janice Stein, and Wesley Wark in residence(and bring Tad Homer-Dixon down from Waterloo for a weekend), the Munk School could host one of the best international relations seminars in the world, bar none.

    It's an amazing opportunity for an IR undergrad (or grad student) in T.O. for the next year...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:29 p.m.  

  • We'll see what he does after this year, but at least he hasn't taken the first train out of town.

    I'm sure he'll stay involved in the Liberal Party. People seem to forget that he was a delegate at the '68 convention - it's not like he has no connection to the party.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:35 p.m.  

  • Oh cg, you have me laughing.

    I'm sure Iggy we'll be heading to the annual conventions. I bet he can't wait to brainstorm ideas on "renewing the party" and touching base with his close Liberal friends.

    By Anonymous Weekends in Kennebunkport, at 9:12 p.m.  

  • To the cons complaining about a real job, while Ignatieff has had held several prestigious positions at universities across Europe and North America, published several books and won many awards as a journalist. His contributions to the field have been discussed and appreciated on news channels and in print abroad, what real job did Harper ever get which did not come from nepotism(mail room) and favouritism or political connections in Calgary? He even dropped out of university at one point. There is no comparison with Ignatieff's varied acheivements in life outside of politics. He could get a "real" job at any university anywhere in Canada or abroad as thats what he has been doing most of his life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 p.m.  

  • Let's just have Denis Coderre as leader and get it over with.

    It would save years of hard work.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 9:46 a.m.  

  • I don't doubt Mr. Ignatieff will remain involved with the Liberal Party.

    I'm just not certain there will be a Liberal Party within a few years for him to remain involved with.

    It was, however, extremely crass of him to jump ship to a cozy landing before the writs had even been returned to Ottawa. There were a large number of people who worked very hard on his behalf, who are out of jobs now and blame him. The least he could have done would be to show them a modicum of respect.

    Many of those closest to Iggy in the Liberal Party now believe the character attacks were, in fact, true.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 p.m.  

  • "Many of those closest to Iggy in the Liberal Party now believe the character attacks were, in fact, true."

    Good news: at least half a dozen Liberals have a grip on reality.

    By Anonymous Iggy played guitar while Rome burned, at 3:30 p.m.  

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