Radio Free Ignatieff

by Aaron Wherry

The House broadcast Evan Solomon’s interview with Michael Ignatieff this morning. The audio is here.

Barbara Budd and Carol Off interviewed Michael Ignatieff for As It Happens on Thursday. The audio of that is here.




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Radio Free Ignatieff

  1. What the hell was Solomon on about so much? It seems he doesn't understand that not all votes in Parliament are matters of confidence… Ignatieff said that, in matters of confidence he would vote against the government. The Liberals would consider all other votes on an issue-by-issue basis.

    It was *so* cringe inducing as Solomon kept (seemingly intentionally) twisting what Ignatieff said to fit his questions, then saying that people are confused.

    Message to Solomon: The only person confused is you. Please go away.

    Message to CBC: Please find someone who has a clue about how Parliament works to fill in for Kathleen Petty. How about Kady O'Malley?

    • '' Ignatieff said that, in matters of confidence he would vote against the government.''

      The HST legislation will be a confidence vote, because it is a money bill.
      Dippers are voting against it, obviously,
      so are Libs going to leave it up to Duceppe to decide if we have an election on the HST?

  2. I found it rather cringe-worthy listening to this host, compounded by the fact it purports itself to be a political affairs radio program. Although, a lot of commentators have difficultly grasping the difference between regular votes and confidence votes. Often they've stated the Liberals' intention to vote against *everything* when in reality this was never the case. Also, most take the confidence motion as being a big failure when this is not the case. The motion may not have passed but the symbolism and opportunity to debate these matters was exactly what was called for.

  3. I found it rather cringe-worthy listening to this host, compounded by the fact it purports itself to be a political affairs radio program. Although, a lot of commentators have difficultly grasping the difference between regular votes and confidence votes. Often they've stated the Liberals' intention to vote against *everything* when in reality this was never the case. Also, most take the confidence motion as being a big failure when this hardly true. The motion may not have passed but the symbolism and opportunity to debate these matters was exactly what was called for.

    • Most people took the Liberal non confidence motion to be a big failure because all over Canada everybody watching the news heard that Ignatieff was going ahead and trying to force an election nobody wanted.

      How tone deaf can you get Iggy ?

      He should have cancelled his plans to table the motion and instead pushed forward some kind of constructive idea to help the economy. Perhaps their EI plan for instance.

      • Who's nobody? I always welcome an election. Especially in these times when we need stimulus money that'll actually go to every riding.

  4. Reports today that 3 protestors in Iran – have been sentenced to death for protesting the election.

    What the hell are we bitching about?

    Solomon is terrible. I didn't listen to this audio, but I've seen him recently. He's trying TOO hard to be the rough, tough intereviewer and it looks pathetic.

    Don Newman come back, or yes, someone who's curious, understands it – ya, Kady

    • Future Prime Ministers are expected to answer the tough questions,
      like 'what would you have done differently if you were Prime Minister'.

  5. Shortly after Iggy's Sudbury statement of "Mr. Harper, you're time is up", the Liberal spinners were all saying that their party had gotten the "monkey" off their back. That they would now play the traditional role of the Official Opposition. That it was now up to the other parties to decide whether this government survives.

    OK fine. That made sense. There seemed to be more pluses than minuses to Iggy's new narrative. Since then, Liberal MPs and spokespersons got their shots in at Layton and the Dippers. Liberal bloggers were relieved that they now had a clear, comfortable narrative to defend.

    So now Iggy has thrown away all of those talking points and strategic gains. And what did he get in return ? Maybe Liberal apologists can see a silver lining here, I sure can't.

    One has to believe that Layton and/or Harper are looking for the most embarassing way to get that "support monkey" onto Iggy's back again.

    • The role of Harper's patsy is certainly an unenviable position. Ignatieff remaining there would've been a fate far worse.

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