Clearly applying the broadest possible definition of “support…”


..the Michael Ignatieff campaign has just sent me an email thanking me for my support and continuing in this not-entirely-surprising vein:

Your past support and belief in my efforts has meant a great deal to me. That is why I would like you to be among the first to know that tomorrow I will announce my candidacy for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Together we can put our Party and our country back on the right path. We need to unite Liberals and Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We need to prove to them that Liberals have the right vision and the right plan to make Canada a more prosperous and compassionate country.

To do this, we need to listen to each and every Liberal. Indeed, we need to listen to each and every Canadian. We must let everyone know that this campaign is really more about them than it is about me.

I am running because we deserve a Canada that provides more opportunities for each and every citizen. I am running because we need a more open, democratic, inclusive and efficient Liberal Party. I am certain that if we remain true to ourselves and work together, we can win.

Tous ensemble, riding by riding, person by person, we can renew our Party and bring Canada back.


Michael Ignatieff


Clearly applying the broadest possible definition of “support…”

  1. Gosh, you get to be “among the first to know”. I can’t even begin to conceive of such an honour. TOUS ENSEMBLE!

  2. Ignatieff to Liberal party: If you believe in yourself, you can do anything! Each and every one of you is special! Unicorns are real!

    What is this, an after-school special? I feel like I need a bath after reading that.

  3. Together we can put our Party and our country back on the right path.

    Aha! Just as we dippers have said all along. The Liberals are not progressive.

  4. Looks like ITQ has pundits envy.

  5. He wants to bring Canada back? Stephen Harper told me Canada was already back.

    I don’t get it.

  6. If Iggy is on the “right-wing” of his party, wins the nomination, takes his party back to the centre (or even right-of-centre a la Martin) and puts up a good fight against the Conservatives, that would be “mission accomplished” for conservatives, but not for Conservatives.

    Then again, the Liberals are broke, among other things. Will they be able to run a full campaign in the next election, or will they be a recipient of a “bail-out” of their own in the next election, courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer?

  7. If either Iggy or Rae becomes the leader of the Liberal party, I, a long time Liberal voter, will have to vote for Stephen Harper. Please, even Justin Trudeau can do better.

  8. I got one from Iggy too!

    He clearly employs a different definition of “support” than most humans…

  9. “Your past support and belief in my efforts has meant a great deal to me.”

    I don’t think anyone has ever doubted his efforts.

  10. I’m cheering for Ignatieff.

  11. He is going to listen to “each and every Canadian”. That might take a while.

  12. Maybe after listening to “each and every” Canadian he’ll push to have them all recognized as nations.

  13. Is a race between Ignatieff and Rae going to be very exciting?

  14. Has anyone (journalist or random Canadian newsjunkie) heard how, or if, Dominic Leblanc is going to be able to raise 90k for a nomination fee? I was under the assumption that the fee had to be generated through fundraising ability, and not bank-loans. Is he a successful fundraiser?

  15. “That is why I would like you to be among the first to know that tomorrow I will announce my candidacy for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.”

    This is Obama style. Letting supporters know something before/same time as journos and other pooh bahs via e-mail, text message. I think we can expect a speech soon on how we are the ones we’ve been waiting for and, indeed, we are the change that we seek.

  16. Just checked my email! I’m his friend too!

  17. And I thought the e-mail made me special.

  18. I got the same message. Apparently, signing up for emails to keep tabs on the guy counts as ‘past support’. I guess I’m also a staunch supporter of Google Alerts.

    Glad for the super secret insider heads-up though. I had no idea he was thinking of running.

  19. Looks like a few more years of Harper to come.

    Oh well, better the devil we now know, than the entitled, prodigal devil no one really wants to know. Or Bob Rae for that matter.

  20. I’m getting a distinctly Justin Timberlake-ian vibe here… bringing “Canada” back, eh? Just like MTV, except with more long words and no (decent) dance moves.

    I was there the night Ignatieff first announced publicly that he would be joining Canadian politics — an Alberta Young Liberals function, couple of years ago — and while I came away with a vague sense of admiration for his campaign platform, I didn’t really have a sense of what he was like as a person. As a leader. Perhaps we’ll see him come down to earth this time round…

  21. Crap , the only e-mails I get are from Garth Turner .

  22. Was the definition of support broad enough that Andrew Coyne got a letter?

  23. I got another email last night! He looooooooooves me.

  24. Wouldn’t you say that since you are the man calling far and wide for the Liberal party to develop a narrative, and since he is the man who by leaps and measures is the best one to deliver it, that your support for him is not only broad, but unbridled?

  25. Man… I hope he doesn’t win… One of the big things I’m hearing form his supporters is that he’ll bring the party back to ‘the centre’. I was so happy to be able to support a party that had a shot in hell of winning. So, only three candidates? Déja vu. Remember Martin/Chrétien/Copps? Yeah, that ended v e r y well.

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