Liberal, Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff tips his hand…

As much as I disprove of Jack Layton’s decision to sit on his hands during the promised vote on the long gun registry, for Michael Ignatieff to declare that the NDP have to “step up or they have no darn principles” is childish and counter-productive – particularly coming from the leader of the party that has fallen over itself to keep the Conservative minority from calling an election.  Anyone have a count on how many times the Liberals have floated a Conservative vote since Paul Martin thundered the party into the tarmac in 2005? I don’t play cards, but even with my lack of poker skills I know someone whose holding shit when I see it.

Harper must giggle every time he sees Iggy open his mouth.


2 thoughts on “Michael Ignatieff tips his hand…

  1. I have to say that I’m disappointed with the NDP caucus on this file, particularly Mr. Stoffer. I urge him (and the rest of the group that plan to vote yes) to read the RCMP report in the next couple of weeks before voting on the bill. In the end, the question that needs to be answered is whether the registry is a cost-effective tool that makes Canadians safer. I haven’t studied the issue enough to say yes or no, but the RCMP report hopefully answers that question. I certainly hope the the people voting on the bill will get all the information they can and make an informed vote (at least those that aren’t being whipped one way or the other).

    The Conservatives are really selling this bill to their base, saying that the government (ironically enough, Conservative!) will use the registry to take away their guns. The Red Dawn fetishists are eating up that line of argument. That’s not to say that there aren’t legitimate criticisms that can be leveled against the registry, but the confiscation argument isn’t legitimate, in my opinion. It’s right out of the tin-foil hat playbook.

    The fact that Iggy would try to use the NDP’s natural division on the issue (being a party with a wide rural and urban base) as an attack isn’t surprising, honestly. The Liberals are as desperate as ever to regain urban seats, and this issue probably has enough legs to sway some voters. The Liberals also have very little chance in gaining rural seats in the next election, so attacking the NDP over such a starkly rural/urban divide issue is a no-lose gambit for him. I do hope that Jack’s defence against Iggy’s attacks improves over the next couple of weeks.

    Of course, Iggy’s claim that the NDP have no principles is laughable, given the history of his own party, especially on the many, many odious confidence bills of the past few years. Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.


  2. As a follow-up to my own comment, I’m happy to see that Jack was able to muster enough NDP votes to keep the registry alive, through compromise rather than steel-handedness. There’s more than one way to be an effective leader. There’s the method of earning trust, building a convincing argument, talking through alternative solutions, and listening to your caucus. And then there’s the whip.


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