L. Ian Macdonald wants to know more about Michael Ignatieff.
Yet Ignatieff’s own children, Theo and Sophie, are absent from the story, living their own lives in Toronto and at the University of Edinburgh. Ignatieff says they are very cool with what their dad is doing, and that he couldn’t more grateful for their support.
And here is the divide between public and private life. In a way, it is none of our business, but they are part of his narrative, and in that sense the public is entitled to know something about them. Ignatieff, in his acceptance address, needs to find a way to bring them into his story. He can look it up under Barack Obama. There is still too much about him that Canadians don’t know.