If Michael Ignatieff were only interested in returning to Canada if he could be prime minister, why did he run in the 2006 election? Why not wait for the fate of Paul Martin’s government to be determined and return only in the event that it lost, Martin stepped down and the party leadership became available?
If Michael Ignatieff were only interested in returning to Canada is he could be prime minister, why didn’t he leave after losing the Liberal leadership race to Stephane Dion? Why bother remaining when it seemed, at least initially, that Mr. Dion would be the next prime minister of Canada?
Stephen Harper resigned as an MP in 1997 and returned to politics only when the opportunity to be the Canadian Alliance’s candidate for prime minister presented itself. What is the difference then between the ambitions of Mr. Ignatieff and the ambitions of Mr. Harper?