What does Michael Ignatieff have to gain by forcing an election now?
That is a question that has been bothering me for some time now as I could not see any logical reason to do so. Politically speaking there is no reason to do so and if the latest polls are to be believed, the Liberals are going to be taking a shellacking, if they do go. Ignatieff will be gone, the party in tatters and other than a chance for the bleeding Liberal Party to rebuild itself after the election ( Hint: Elect the leader and not appoint them this time for starters) I can see no upside to forcing an election.
So if it is not political, what else could explain the reason why Ignaiteff seems to be so set on running his party towards a cliff?
The answer is simple. His next book.
Before people start jumping all over me for this please take a look at Ignatieff's past writings where he went into extreme detail on not only his own life and experiences, but those of his family, both present and past, as well. So much so even members of his own family were upset about his writing such intimate and personal details about the family. ( The Russian Album, Blood and Belonging, Scar Tissue, True Patriot Love)
Nothing is off limits for his writings and if anyone out there honestly believes that Ignatieff does not have plans to write about his years in the political arena I have a bridge to sell you. It is a no-brainer, he will write a book on his political years, it is only a question of when.
And who could really blame him for doing so.
The tale of an 'intellectual' protagonist as he is recruited to return Canada to be our next PM as he faces the trials and tribulations of Canadian politics, including his battles with an 'evil political genius', is guaranteed to become a best seller and keep him popular on the lecture circuit collecting speaking fees for many years to come.
I for one can't wait to read the chapter on Bob Rae, but even with as much as I am looking forward to reading that, it just isn't worth the price of 300 million tax dollars to do so.