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Ignatieff’s French villa no Versailles

But Liberals expect Tories to target “three bed, two bath” cottage


According to the description provided by Michael Ignatieff’s staff, it’s just a “modest” home—”a pleasant summer place” that wouldn’t be out of place in the cottage country of Muskoka. But as the Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor reports, when it comes to real estate, the only thing that really matters is location, location, location—and that, it turns out, is what could make the three bed/two bath Provence pied-a-terre an “irresistible” target for the Tories during the next election. Not only does it reinforce the “Just Visiting” meme deployed against the Liberal leader by the party’s spring ad campaign—although according to OLO staff, Ignatieff eschewed his traditional summer visit this year—but a “villa in France” also plays into the notion that he’s about as far from an ordinary Canadian as one can get. Although the Tories are staying mum on their plans for the next campaign, Ignatieff spokesperson Jill Fairbrother told the Citizen that it “would be in keeping with their M.O. so far” to “spend millions of dollars to disparage the opposition hoping to draw attention away from the fact they are a bad government.”

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Ignatieff’s French villa no Versailles

  1. This might be Iggy's chance to buy a new CTS-V, call it bait and write it off as a campaign expense

  2. They should shut up. So he has money to afford a villa? Big deal, what's wrong with having money?

    • It's not theirs.

    • Afford a villa? It was bequeathed to him and his brother (as the article states). No purchase necessary.

  3. Maybe taxpayers could buy Harper a hacienda in Columbia so he wouldn't have to be jealous of Iggy..

  4. Jill Fairbrother has the answer.

  5. Ignatieff didn't own property in Canada for over 34 years .. but he did own property in London, England,.. Provence, France and Boston USA. Now he owns a costly Toronto townhouse in trendy Yorkville … not even in his working class riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Iggy has only lived in Canada for the last 4 years and aspires to be our prime minister. Now that's hutzpah.

    • Land ownership defines participation?

      please. Even for a reactionary syncophant trying to undo Speenhamland is over the top.

  6. Umm, is this coming from the same party who pledged to make such "elitist" properties exempt from capital gains in 2006?

  7. In his own writings Ignatieff refer's to the USA as his country. He also makes similar inferences to Great Britain.

    Now he is conveniently a Canadian with a French Villa who spent most of the last three decades living as an "American".

    He is WAY out of touch with real Canadians.

    • And what is a real Canadian again?

      Seriously, that term is tossed around as if it meant something.

      So, Fred, assuming you are an expert on this question (perhaps meaningful studies in sociology or anthropology, maybe you are learned in Canadian History and cultures of Canada), kindly define this term ''real Canadians''.

      • Real Canadians have taxpayer-funded estates in the Gatineau, like Harper has.

      • Real Canadians have taxpayer-maintained estates in the Gatineau, like Harper has.

        • Damn, I wish I was a real Canadian…

          All I have is an over priced apartment in a shady part of Gatineau!

          I guess i'll just go on pretending, eh!

  8. My god what a bunch of decrepit desperate dementos, so he's successful enough in life, he got a cottage in France? They are using like, against him? What kind of demented people would use that as a means of disparaging a potential Prime Minister of a country who will like, have to deal with foreign countries. Oh wait, I just realized, demented people…