Silly Michael Ignatieff, still believing in people and things.

Still, insiders say, Mr. Ignatieff initially wanted to trust Mr. Harper, believing he was sincere that he wanted changes to the system.

“I think Michael genuinely believed that if Harper showed some interest in his employment insurance stuff … Michael’s plans might have looked a lot different,” a senior Liberal strategist said. “There is a Pollyanna quality to Michael that shouldn’t be underestimated.”