Ignatieff clarifies foreign votes

Liberal leader's spokesperson initially denied Ignatieff voted in Britain

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is being called upon to clarify past statements about his participation in local elections while living abroad. While teaching at Harvard, Ignatieff was quoted in the Glasgow Herald, saying “”I am an American Democrat. I will vote for Kerry in November.” And in a 1998 book, Ignatieff claimed to have voted for Britain’s Labour party in 1997. While Ignatieff’s spokesperson, Michel Liboiron, initially claimed the Liberal leader had “never voted in a foreign election,” Ignatieff said on Monday he had indeed voted while living in Britain. “I’m a Canadian citizen. I’ve never been the citizen of another country. I’ve never voted —I can’t vote in the United States,” he said. “But I’m a Commonwealth Citizen, so I have voted in a British election.”

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