There may still be some hope left for the Liberals as Michael Ignatieff takes the top spot in the party.
Thankfully the disastrous term of Stephane Dion as Liberal leader has ended but not soon enough for him. Dion’s embarrassing, college-dorm-room-webcam-esque address to the nation last week perfectly illustrated just what a bumbling and out of focus choice for a party leader he was. After all the coalition bluster, he did not deliver the mustard after Harper’s address to the nation.
Ignatieff is not necessarily a saviour for all that ails the Liberals but he is an excellent, calm and brainy choice which Canada needs, not just the Liberals.
He considers the NDP and Bloc as “partners” but is also clear in stating he is first the leader of the Liberals. He says his party is not “in” coalition but admits, he is prepared to a form a government with his “partners” if the Governor General asks him to. That could only happen if the Jan.27 budget is not what our economy and nation needs during dire economic times and a vote of non-confidence is delivered.
Most importantly, Iggy delivered some strong words for Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his first press conference as party leader. Iggy may be brainy but he does have some brawn too, which Stone Cold Harper has to respect.
Ignatieff is prepared to see what kind of budget the Tories will deliver on Jan.27. Also, he is prepared to meet with Harper if the offer is extended and it reportedly has already. Hopefully, for all our sake, Harper will realize what a disastrous turn he just avoided and that he does in fact have only a minority government.
If we are lucky enough, Harper will also realize he has to work with the opposition leaders. With someone credible as Ignatieff on the other side of the table, some actual work and governance will occur.
If the budget is the right medicine for Canada, we can trust Ignatieff to do the right thing for Canada and support it. Also, as opposition leader, he would be dynamite in keeping Harper in check and making this nutty, power-hungry minority government we are stuck with work.
Ignatieff is the sharp spear tip the Liberal party needs. He is no Obama. He is no Trudeau. But, thankfully, he is no Dion or Bush either. He is just Iggy.