Michael Ignatieff: "A prime minister has one simple job: To keep the country together and not seek polarization...."
So why do almost all of your policy ideas do just that?
Speaking to the press on his book/while I am here lets talk politics so the taxpayers can pay for this tour, Michael Ignatieff continues to follow the Graves doctrine of divisive politics.
On the gun registry:
The Opposition leader has vowed the Liberal caucus will vote against a Conservative private member's bill to scrap the registry.
"When I talk to cops, they say, "When we go into buildings, we check the registry. We don't send officers in unless we check it."
(Really? So tell me this; if the registry says that there are no guns in that 'building', do the police go in without a care in the world and assume that they will be safe, or do they do the smart thing and assume that EVERY 'building' potentially has a gun in it and prepare accordingly? It sounds to me that the registry may be providing a false sense of security and may actually open the police up to more danger, which if so, is another reason why it needs to go.)
Making it mandatory that Supreme Court Justices be bilingual:
First of all, there's a French fact in Saskatchewan, which is important. It's not the case that French isn't a part of the cultural heritage of the West, just look at the place names. (where have I heard that before?) The West wants in . . . to these great national institutions, but we are a bilingual country. And this is not a minor matter because a quarter of the cases come from Quebec. This isn't me creating a new obstacle that the West has to overcome. This is our country and I want the West to participate and I want our law schools to be sending out the message: "You want to get on the Supreme Court? You might want to study a little French."
(Sorry Iffy but Canadians want the best legal minds to be on the bench, not the best linguists. This is totally needless. divisive and reeks of political correctness just for the sake of it. Obvious unasked question: Should the 6 Justices currently on the SC who are not fully bilingual have to resign? Including Justice Rothstein, who Ignatieff singled out as a "great guy' but who is not bilingual? Oh and 5 minutes in the penalty box for actually using the term "The West wants in".)
And as an added bonus: The author speaks on the LPC situation in Saskatchewan.
We've held Liberal seats in Saskatchewan in the past. There are Liberals out here; we just need to get them out to vote.
("held" + "past" ? Strange that an author on a book tour would have trouble with his tenses, or did he actually forget about Ralph Goodale?)
I am starting to look forward to the next election when the public starts paying more attention and they will get their daily dose of Ignatieff unfiltered.
BC Blue on the Star Phoenix story.