Ignatieff tells Harper to stop playing games

Liberal leader says the leaking of budget details is “irresponsible and costly to the economy”


 

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s “listening tour” made a stop in Toronto on Friday so Ignatieff could, er, stop listening and spend a minute (or 30) getting a few things off his chest. Ignatieff’s speech—burdened as it was with the title of “Moving Forward from Hardship to Hope”—contained few clues as to the Liberals’ intentions with regard to Tuesday’s budget. And the hints it did contain had been dropped many, many times before: “we accept the temporary necessity of deficits”; “I will ask some tough questions”; “if the government fails, I am ready to lead”; “broad-based tax cuts [will] dig us deeper into deficit.” But what it lacked in evidence of a clear alternative to the Conservatives’ budget, it more than made up for in attacks against the Harper government.

Speaking at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel, Ignatieff repeatedly characterized the Harper government’s handling of the economic crisis as petty politicking. The intentional leaking of budget details, another of which occured while Ignatieff was speaking, was “irresponsible and costly to the economy,” he said. And the tax cuts the budget is widely expected to include are little more than “gimmicks.” In all, Ignatieff used the word “games” four times to describe Harper’s governing style. “I’m in politics to stop that kind of politics.”

Of course, swearing off “games” when you’re in politics is like swearing off alcohol when you’re a bartender. It’s entirely possible—perhaps even laudable—but it requires a level of discipline few Liberal politicians have shown so far. To be successful, Ignatieff will have to convince Canadians the blame for Parliament’s dysfunctional turn lies squarely on Harper and the Conservatives while at the same time ensuring the Liberals elevate their own discourse. Polls show the first task might be underway; according to a recent Nanos survey, 30 per cent of Canadians could not name a single attribute they like about Harper. The second task, however, will undoubtedly require more work, no matter how low he insists the bar has been set.


 

Ignatieff tells Harper to stop playing games

  1. To be successful, Ignatieff will have to convince Canadians the blame for Parliament’s dysfunctional turn lies squarely on Harper and the Conservatives…

    Why does Ignatieff have to convince Canadians of that? The majority of us accept that as fact. He might have to convince a few “journalists” but I don’t think he has enough flashcards and hand-puppets for that.

  2. Dion was inept, really pathetic, who would have thought that Iggy would turn out to be worse.

    Professor Puffin took no time at all to throw the hapless Dion under the bus, next we’ll see Buffalo Bob Rae bush whack Iggy out in the barn while the professor is smelling the manure.

    You’ve got to laugh when Iggy tells his troops not to leak anything to the media and immediately someone does just that.

    • Some more proof the right wingers fear Mr. Ignatieff. How about your own obfuscating demeaning, plagiarizing, non-canadian, head hunting right winger you call a leader. Please don’t be offended, I was kind.

      • Professor Puffin took no time at all to throw the hapless Dion under the bus, next we’ll see Buffalo Bob Rae bush whack Iggy out in the barn while the professor is smelling the manure.

        Do you talk like this in person?

  3. Fear him? LMAO , Professor Puffin the greatest gift to the Conservative cause since Stephanie Dijon.

    Iggy’s going to end up in the same place as Dion, living in the land of fairy tales, lollipops and unicorns. Staring blankly out of the window while mumbling something that only he can hear.

    • You sound like the mother on Sybil.

  4. “# Ti-Guy Says:
    November 22nd, 2008 at 1:50 pm | |

    Ti-Guy, I think it’s Kinsella’s lack of attention to the facts that Ignatieff covets..

    Since I’m not a hissy dipper (… ;) ) I’m not obligated to ignore the principle of charity when it comes to Liberals, so I won’t agree with that necessarily. I’m still rather more convinced that Ignatieff is simply out of touch with Canadians and the modern masses (us little people) and thinks rat-packers like Kinsella are what’s required for him to fulfil his destiny as the second coming of Pierre Trudeau, if he’s thought about it at all. I’m pretty sure he’s completely oblivious to Kinsella’s disreputable behaviour in the last few years, particularly the abuse he rained down on powerless people from his bully pulpit.

    It, however, won’t take much for me to believe that Ignatieff (and quite possibly Bob Rae as well) are simply the latest manifestation of Liberal Corp. brought in to challenge Conservative Corp…which, much to the chagrin of teh grass routes, is back, baby!”

    • If I reply to Hattie Dorset’s comment, some den mother at Macleans is going to tell me to stop fighting, so I won’t.

      Just grow up, Brucie.

  5. To see where Ti-Guy is really at check out his comments at myblagh.com

  6. Wrong, it’s myblahg.com to see the comments of Ti-Guy.

  7. Ti-Guy is extremely boorish and rude here, very revealing of how sick of mind he is;

    myblahg.com/?p=2695

    • You need help man……you are talking to yourself!!!

      • Ti-Guy has been trying to help him, via tough love. It’s a question of patience. First, Bruce has to realise there is only one Bruce, and he has to inform Bruce of that fact. (Technically this is called “self-group-therapy”; colloquially it’s called “Harper cabinet meeting.”)

  8. The Leftist Mental Disorder gang is out to defend the indefensible. What a joke you all are.