Narnia found!

Michael Ignatieff recently filmed some relatively bland ads where he told us that Canada needs to reach out India and China and make the new green jobs of tomorrow. The ads were largely panned as too light and I speculate that they served to re-introduce the Liberal leader through a softer lens rather than allow the Tories to solely define Ignatieff as “Just Visiting”. Andrew Coyne joked that the ads looked like they were filmed in Narnia, and I was only too happy to take the meme and run with it.

Today, I’m pleased to report that Narnia has been located! The ads were shot at Cherry Beach in… wait for it… downtown Toronto. As critics rip into Michael Ignatieff for taking his advice from a tight circle of downtown Toronto Liberal advisers, as the Liberal leader appears out of touch with Quebec (let alone the rest of Canada), and as the Liberal Party is lovingly dubbed the Liberal Party of Toronto by both its detractors and realist supporters, Michael Ignatieff shoots his definition ad in downtown Toronto.


Michael Ignatieff in Narnia? Algonquin park? The hundred-acre wood?


Michael Ignatieff’s new favourite park. Cherry Beach in downtown Toronto.

Michael Ignatieff once famously said “The only thing I missed about Canada was Algonquin Park”, it appears that Ignatieff doesn’t miss it too much these days as he couldn’t be bothered to drive more than 3km from the airport, or 15 minutes from Rosedale or Yorkville.

Michael Ignatieff tells us that we need to reach out to India and China, while he himself is loathe to reach out past his Toronto bunker. Ignatieff tells us that we need to create green jobs as he lectures us from a park located on an man-made island peninsula in Toronto.

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  • MrEd

    Boy…for a non-story you sure have a lot of Liberal pissed off

  • Fran Drescher

    Ask anyone who lives in Toronto. It’s in the port lands, which is *NOT* downtown Toronto.

  • Reg

    ;)

  • Reg

    I guess all of those news reports about the “coalition” were lies and folklore too???

  • terry1

    Which coalition…the reformatort one in 2005 or the Liberal one in 2008.

  • Name

    So I’m not much one for blogging or for partisanship or for arguing back and forth with people in cyberspace about how wrong they are and all of that, but I just wanted to send you a quick link to a story I read over the weekend about the new Liberal ad campaign…

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/701417

    The story, published on September 26th, mentions how the ads were “… shot in a Toronto waterfront park”. I don’t think there is any sort of Toronto-centred-Liberal-cover-up going on here as to where they are filming their ad campaigns.

    I agree that there is some irony in the fact that the ads were filmed in Toronto and there is of late this HUGE outcry about how the LPC is so out of touch with everyone outside the 416, but come on, really? REALLY?

    Any ways, just thought I’d help support your hard-hitting investigation of where Narnia can be found and to say that I don’t really think we have just discovered the secret of the DaVinci Code or anything like that.

  • terry1

    Is this the accountibility Canmadians can expect from the reformatort liars:
    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/703628

    “Critics say it is just further proof the port authority has been supplanted by Tory faithful and has become little more than a partisan arm of the Conservative government, but a port authority official says it was all a simple transgression.”

    AND HERE IS THE MINISTER'S ANSWER:
    “Transport Minister John Baird said he was assured by the arm's-length agency that it wouldn't happen again.”

    THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING BUT AN UNSUPERVISED GOON SQUAD

  • MrEd

    Actually I have a great memory… from your own reference you may want to read it… “That would mean Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority Liberal government would fall, triggering an election call on Nov. 29 and a campaign during the holiday season”

    … this was a vote of non-confidence…totally different than a “Colision of Losers”…the three party's who failed to win enough seats to form gov't joining together to sleaze power…

    The article you refernce clearly states it was not an attempt of the parties in question to form gov't…

    and before you jump on the CPC and Bloc discussing this same issue back when Belinda crossed the floor and Cadmen voted with the Liberals (because his family would not receive any parlimentary death benifits if parlament desolved and he was not a seated member but in the midst of an election campaign when he died…which he would have been) I'll remind you that there was never any Veto Power provided the Bloc and the intent was to force a non-confidence vote and trigger an election

  • terry1

    mred……………….more garbage from you.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    it's 6 blocks south of front st. I think you're depending too much on the technical to make your point. It's like saying the Toronto Island airport isn't “downtown”

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    confirmed in the Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/703107

    “It is hard to imagine anyone taking to a podium to denounce the preponderance of Montrealers working in politicians' offices – a fact of life stretching back decades in Ottawa – or Calgarians, for that matter. But Toronto seems to evoke a special stigma in its perceived influence behind the scenes in politics.

    Ignatieff's advisers, for instance, have gone to great pains to obscure the fact that the recent wave of TV ads, featuring the leader in a woodland glade, were filmed in Toronto, at Cherry Beach.

    And none of the advisers who call Toronto their hometown – chief of staff Ian Davey, communications director Jill Fairbrother, principal secretary Dan Brock – wanted to talk yesterday.”

  • MrEd

    LMAO…you are too funny. So let me see if I can sum up your tempest in a tea cup… A woman MP asks former co-workers who are like minded (otherwise she'd have not likely saddled herself with them while working in an authority position) asks them to help out and volinteer on their own time to help send invitations and invite other people whom they know are like minded and formerly worked together with to an event… Instead of stealing the contact list and taking it home to email people as many people would they instead send out some emails to these people and a few go to the wrong people who run to the Red Star screaming the “sky is falling”, “uproar”, “wah wah wah”, “etc,…”

    and based on this you come to the biased conclusion that “THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOTHING BUT AN UNSUPERVISED GOON SQUAD”???

    What are you smoking and where can the rest of us get some Terry1?

    On second thought strike that…please let us know so We can avoid it, your world sounds awefully dark and paranoid to the rest of us… I bet you think 9/11 was a conspiricy and that excuse “I never had sexual relations with that woman” translated to Clinton never cheating on his wife with Monica…

  • SansFree

    Ah, sorry I get it, thought you were getting all upset that the Libs may topple the gov, but no your still upset about the coalition.

    First, the three parties do represent more people than the PC/Reform/Canadian Alliance/Conservatives. I believe we would get a better government if politicians were willing to work with each other more, but it is not that status quoe and like proportional representation it threatens the established norms we hold so that is out.

    Second, I am sorry but so long as we have a party in power that won't consult with the people it needs to consult with to maintain that power we are going to have minority governments that last a year or so and fail.

    Third. I also don't believe the bloc wants to break up the nation, although I do agree there is money to be made in the posturing that they do. Squeaky wheel and all.

    Fourth. the only difference between the Coalition you are upset about and the Lib or NDP propping up the Con's like they have and may be is that it was put into a working document that would likely of resulted in more governmental stability (yes provided the people would accept it).

    As for the other stuff you mentioned I don't really care if Belinda walked across the floor, (it's been done before it'll be done again it's politics) and Cadmen is dead so should that issue die.

  • terry1

    my idea of good spin is the fact that the Harpercrites have said virtually nothing about that EI money and they have yet to put it in a separate fund. So your BS doesn't fly on that issue.

    Iggy would not have gutted the GST and therefore the deficit would not be structural as its now designed. I beleive harpo has designed the defict to be cleaned up by the next liberal government as has always happened. That will give the country another 13 years of good solid government when it soon happens.

  • terry1

    Mervin, I've asked the guy who Harpo dumped in McCallum's riding and he told it like it is. he says the reformatort party is a puppet show.

  • terry1

    Its not that incident alone but the preponderance and abundance of those types of events like having harpo's picture pasted all over government of Canada ads on stimulus, bribing tory ridings only with stimulus money without regard to any other needy areas. The list of tory lies and deceipt goes on.

  • terry1

    This event apparently happened quite close to Narnia:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/703928

    Ethics commissioner to investigate Lisa Raitt

  • MrEd

    LOL…you're funny when I'm right and you're well…limited

  • MrEd

    and the reason for no word on it….ummmm, duh… they're not in campaign mode bubba. wait until another 2 years have gone by and parliment is desolved… it'll be in campaign ads…front and center

  • MrEd

    lies terry…you have to resort to lies? how could you… Stimulous funds are being given to mainly Tory ridings…that's likelt because they're the ridings outside of Toronto…. Toronto and Montreal got more than their fare share of stimulous money directly and they choose how to spend it…

    perhaps you could provide a list of your needy ridings? would that be like the park that won't complete for 7 years with stimulous money Iffy was all happy abuot where the Mayor Spanked Iffy in the same interview pointing out it would have been 12 years without the money?

    and as for his picture everywhere with Gov't of Canada ads… um, he's the acting PM… would you rather see pictures of long dead people like PET? Santa Claus? Prince Caspian? Obama?

  • MrEd

    Sans… let me address these in order…

    first…we agree… but it wasn’t Harper who stated publicly or in private he could “wear this recession” or that he wasn’t willing to offer up any idea’s for Harper to take credit… so who’s not co-operating to make things work?

    second…agreed…but see statement in #1

    third… agreed…but as a fedral party The Bloc should be required to run members across all of Canada …definition of Fedral Gov’t… just as the CPC, Lieberal, No Damn Plan, and Greenies do…hell, even the dope smoker party has members in multiple provinces…

    fourth…the difference is the “colision of losers” was planned before the election and finalized after they all lost as an attempt to sleaze power from the duely elected Gov’t and as you’ve said “if the people accepted it” you know from the public outcry that there’s not a snowballs chance in hell it ever would have gone to the people to decide yes or no… the people having any say after the fact?!?! Ya, right, I saw that movie 60 years ago in China when they “adopted Communist rule” according to the CBC today…and the document you refer to gave veto power to one province over everyone else which is likely bordering on if not outright un-costitutional…

    And I agree with your final summary….if you read what I said you know I was saying not to go there and you did anyways which I find quite funny actually…

    Like the Liberals bringing up the sponsorship scandal as a distraction in the press recently to Iffy’s poor leadership, loss of key people in Quebec, etc, Liberals can’t help themselves but try to spin everything and have the last word

  • MrEd

    What mythical Fund or stash of existing funds are you talking about Terry1? The 50 billion that was taken from the UI program after it was changed over to EI … that’s gone and spent against the deficit but the Liberal party under Martin claimed it was their good management of affairs and not steeling from the UI fund that balanced their budgets… or maybe some “hidden money” that simply doesn’t exist now that the UI fund is gone because in case you missed it their is no money set aside for it since the Liberals restructured UI to EI and threw the money nito general revinue… any money budgeted for EI was already spent in the last year because their is a global recession if you haven’t heard… try google, it might help!?

    I’ve told you on other blogs and it’s pretty much shut you up that the vast majority of Canadian export and GNP is based around natural resources… with Oil, Natural Gas, Iron, Copper, etc,… all down during this global recession with demand below supply, of course our deficit is climbing… but take the numbers and raise the prices back to where they were and add in the taxation formulas on those resources and guess what…. the numbers start going down quite nicely…

    We are the second largest supplier of oil to the country Liberal love to hate south of our border… we also sell them boat loads of Hydro electric power out of Quebec, Ontario and BC…

    once they pull there asses out of the fire ours will rise with them… but Harpers gone a step further and signed trade agreements with 24 other countries while Iffy sits in Toronto and talks about increasing trade with China and India only from a local beach that the LPC finally admitted was in the heart of Toronto… who has their heads in the sand?

    Have you guy’s ever actually looked at a map of Canada??? We border 3 oceans and the largest Super Power in the world… they’re just over the other side of that lake next to Toronto… Try color coding it based on which party holds the seats… you’ll see those little red dots around that one ot two major city seems pretty much all that’s red except a couple places in the Marritimes where they’re realizing real growth for the first time in Decades since a CPC gov’t took office in 2006…pretty soon it’ll just be those 2 cities if they don’t get their sh!t together to be a responsible opposition party or realistic alternative to Stephen Harper.

  • ben

    Don't know if anyone's pointed this out yet, but algonquin parks the big park 3 hours north of toronto, albion hills is the one about 20k from the airport, but algonquin is closer to ottawa.

  • terry1

    Maybe if you read stuff that wasn't BS from your own partisan sources you might understand more of what goes on. Gerard Kennedy has written a concise report on the abuse of stimulus money and has asked fatso Baird every day to explain certain awards in specific parts of the country. All he gets back is the typical bluster of zilch from that AH.

    Its apparent you are full of shite just like Baird

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    I'd love to read that report. Do you have a copy/link?

  • terry1

    Maybe your reformatort masters have limited your computer's search capabilities to party approved sites!!!!

    Here it is:http://www.liberal.ca/pdf/docs/240909_inaction_plan.pdf

  • terry1

    If you're too ignorant to read facts that's no ones fault but your own:

    1. The SC court said the Liberals move of EI funds to general accounts was illegal but the reformatorts have not moved any new EI money into that separate fund and conti nue to put the money into general revenues.

    2. I don't know what sites you have shut me on..probablky ones I haven't gone back to as dealing with ignorant a$$h**es like you is pretty damn easy. Canada is for sure resource export Country;that's not rocket science even for you I see. However, natural gas prices are way down and show no sign of recovery any time soon due to a more or less permanent oversupply that is now happening due to new NGL terminals in the US that can receive billions of CF of natural gas at lower prices than Canada can produce its conventional gas. The economics you choose to use are voodoo stuff that only a reformatort could produce. There is no way in hell that our export profits will offset $160BB of combined deficits and growing. Every economist in the Country says you are full of crap.

    3. Canada is the richest natural resource country in the world but also has a government with the worst economic profile in the western world even worse than the Bush regime. Flaherty still hasn't told the tuth about the real deficit this year which will blow past $60BB….ALL IN ONE YEAR.

    DO YOU GET IT YET, STUPID

  • terry1

    I'm not so much limited as I am way ahead of you. I don't have to lower my pants to give mybrain feesh air.

  • SansFree

    It appears that we are running into the collum so I'll bow to some of your points as we appear to be snowballing on issues.
    Glad to hear a perspective that is thought out although I do not necessarily agree with you.
    Incidentally where did you hear that the coalition was thought out before the election, that is not the way I heard it.

  • MrEd

    the confrence call that was recorded from the NDP strategy session prior to the election suggests it and the elaborate paperwork and legal contract work could not have been established as fast as it was unless talks had begun prior to the election… The pile on regarding the tv debates with Harper vs. everyone else suggests colusion as well given many of the opposition responces were too slickly worded and dove tailed into one another against Stephen Harper to have not been rehursed

  • MrEd

    One other thing that should be pointed out because Iffy seems to want to ignore this… over 297 cases of civil unrest happen on a daily basis in China… almost 300 a day!!! in the next 15 years over 50% of the standing ground troops, trained military fighting men and women will reach the age of manditory retirement and be assimilated back into the general population…

    So Mr Iffy, What do you think is going to happen in China when the people who are being suppressed outnumber the people doing the suppressing and those who make up the population are trained in the art of war?

  • MrEd

    so you're not wearing pants??? thats too much information thanks

  • jt

    “I think that there are legitimate criticisms that can be raised about how our status quo treats certain regions unfairly, and we should absolutely try to address those issues.

    Good. Let’s get rid of the CWB and eliminate milk quotas. On top of that dump subsidies to auto manufacturers, “supply managed” monopolies, egg boards, chicken boards, sugar beet subsidies and anything else that distorts trade, not only with our neighbours to the south, but provinces, too. How about eliminating that federal law against trucking more than two cases of beer over provincial borders and the interprovincial “wine” protectionism? Oh, and one other – the groupthink that bans the Irvings from shipping their crude products east of Montreal.

    Should be enough homework for some aspiring provincial and federal finance ministers, eh?

  • terry1

    ED, did I say I wasn't wearing pants……..as usual you reformatorts read what you want in any sentence.

    Are you the talking horse or the stalking one

  • MrEd

    your understanding of human anatomy being such…”I don't have to lower my pants to give my brain feesh air.” (I think you ment Fresh) infered I had to do something I didn't to breath… It infered you needed to do this to get oxygen to your own brain and since you clearly stated you did not need to drop your own pants so eloquantly you must not be wearing pants… or the normal way you wear them is over your head and tied off around you neck cutting the oxygen supply to your brain … that is a given …for most people, we breath through our mouths or noses… my guess is you're a mouth breather…

  • Name

    Ignatieff, the Liberal Party and Toronto … three things Canada would be a better place without. It's a shame he couldn't take the latter two with him when he heads back to Harvard after the next election.

  • MrEd

    One other thing that should be pointed out because Iffy seems to want to ignore this… over 297 cases of civil unrest happen on a daily basis in China… almost 300 a day!!! in the next 15 years over 50% of the standing ground troops, trained military fighting men and women will reach the age of manditory retirement and be assimilated back into the general population…

    So Mr Iffy, What do you think is going to happen in China when the people who are being suppressed outnumber the people doing the suppressing and those who make up the population are trained in the art of war?

  • MrEd

    so you're not wearing pants??? thats too much information thanks

  • terry1

    ED, did I say I wasn't wearing pants……..as usual you reformatorts read what you want in any sentence.

    Are you the talking horse or the stalking one

  • MrEd

    your understanding of human anatomy being such…”I don't have to lower my pants to give my brain feesh air.” (I think you ment Fresh) infered I had to do something I didn't to breath… It infered you needed to do this to get oxygen to your own brain and since you clearly stated you did not need to drop your own pants so eloquantly you must not be wearing pants… or the normal way you wear them is over your head and tied off around you neck cutting the oxygen supply to your brain … that is a given …for most people, we breath through our mouths or noses… my guess is you're a mouth breather…

  • Name

    Ignatieff, the Liberal Party and Toronto … three things Canada would be a better place without. It's a shame he couldn't take the latter two with him when he heads back to Harvard after the next election.