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November 16, 2008

The Liberal Candidate I Won’t Pick

Filed under: Canada,Politics — cyberwanderer @ 5:05 pm
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Since a lot of bloggers have picked their candidates for the Liberal Leadership Race. I looked at the candidates and can’t decide which one to support yet. But I can say with absolute certainty that I won’t be picking Ignatieff. Prior to today’s report about Iggy’s disdain for media, I’ve already have a lot of misgivings about Ignatieff. I believe if he win, a vote for Liberal is almost like voting for Harper’s Conservative. He would shift Liberal more to Bush and Harper’s Conservative kind of policy. Trickle down economy BS and World empire building with the same “spreading freedom and democracy” punch line as Bush. This is not a suspicion or speculation. This has been backed by policy statements he have previously made. He is also undoubtedly complicit in the infighting among Liberals during the last election. It’s sad to see lots of Liberals deluded into thinking that Ignatieff, being a great academic that he is, would be good at debate. He is as vulnerable to Harper’s character assassination and smear campaign as Dion was. He has also shown tendency for bungling and appearing shifty. He is vulnerable to the same ridicule Dion have undergone.  For me, he does not inspire confidence and trust but doubt and mistrust. Just like Harper, he seems calculated rather than transparent and open. More authoritarian and more likely to subjugate people’s liberty in a whim.

I totally agree with points brought up by Militant Liberal Blog.

“Unfortunately, he is wrong about almost everything and is the last man, including Stephen Harper, who should be running the country. Mr Ignatieff, in my opinion, is the worst sort of Neo-Liberal. The type that has an almost evangelical view of the market and its ability to grow wealth and help poor people. This of course never happens. For any of you economist types who want to argue that point with me just look at your latest failure.”

Don’t miss the part of the blog talking about the esteemed scholar Noam Chomsky take on Ignatieff.

If Ignatieff win the Liberal Leadership race, not only would I not vote for Liberal, but I will campaign to make sure people don’t blindly vote for the Liberal party.

With the story breaking about Ignatieff trying to shut out the media, Ignatieff defender were quick to point finger at Rae for having agreed to the deal in the first place. I am not sure about the real details and how true that claim is. But some question I would like answered are: Did Rae really agree with Michael’s proposal to shut out the media? If he did, was it forced on him just as Harper forced the network consortium to shut out May in the debate, or else he won’t participate? Did Rae expressed his opposition to Ignatieff at that time?

Link to news about Rae’s boycott of the Leadership Forum.

Update November 16, 2008 5:21pm:

I guess the answer to my second question is: Ignatieff did not have to threaten not to participate. Since under the party rule, as long as Ignatieff dissent, he would effectively block the media out.

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6 Comments »

  1. “If Ignatieff win the Liberal Leadership race, not only would I not vote for Liberal, but I will campaign to make sure people don’t blindly vote for the Liberal party”.

    Then you are no Liberal at all… I am not saying that you have to favour Ignatieff for the leadership (I am undecided myself) but, if at this early stage of the race, you are already willing to state that you will vote for another party if he wins, then you should call yourself something else.

    Comment by Devin Maxwell — November 16, 2008 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  2. You are right. I am not a registered Liberal Party of Canada member. But my views of the world is more align with Liberal viewpoint. Not being a registered member of a party won’t change that. Political parties changes with change in leadership.

    Comment by cyberwanderer — November 16, 2008 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  3. You know what time it is. Thanx for the link. If anybody should “call themselves something else” It is Ignatieff.

    Comment by The Militant Liberal — November 17, 2008 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  4. […] two candidates. I would like to see if Dominic Leblanc would reach out to bloggers also. I really couldn’t care less what Ignatieff […]

    Pingback by Canadian Deficit is Harper’s Doing, Not Recession « Cyberwanderer’s Blog — November 20, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  5. The best academic critique of Ignatieff’s support for violent US imperialism is:

    David McNally, “Imperial Narcissism: Michael Ignatieff’s Apologies for Empire,” in The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire, ed. Colin Mooers (Oxford: Oneworld, 2006).

    A must read.

    Comment by sam barns — November 21, 2008 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  6. See this critique of Ignatieff…

    David McNally, “Imperial Narcissism: Michael Ignatieff’s Apologies for Empire,” in The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire, ed. Colin Mooers (Oxford: Oneworld, 2006).

    A must read.

    Comment by sam barns — November 21, 2008 @ 9:12 am | Reply


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