Iggy skips out of economic conference to go back to Harvard?

“If I am not elected, I imagine that I will ask Harvard to let me back” — Michael Ignatieff to the Harvard Crimson published November 30th, 2005

Given Michael Ignatieff’s recent troubles in the polls it appears that he is retreating to his safety zone.

Here is the October 15th media advisory from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce listing Michael Ignatieff among the distinguished speakers to discuss “Canada’s competitive edge and economic prosperity” on October 21st. Michael Ignatieff is scheduled for the 8:10am timeslot where the Liberal leader is scheduled to discuss, “Canada on the world stage: keys to success”.

But here is today’s updated schedule for the same event:

Bob Rae is now listed in the 8:10am timeslot and Michael Ignatieff is off the schedule. Why would the Liberal leader skip out on a discussion about Canada’s future economic prosperity? The economy is the #1 issue to Canadians and Mr. Ignatieff has been trying to outline an economic agenda so that the Liberals can compete with the Conservatives in the next election, or at least outline their agenda before the next budget. So, did the Liberal leader have a better offer?

It appears that he did.

Michael Ignatieff is scheduled to speak on a panel at Harvard to some friends at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on Wednesday October 21st. Ignatieff is scheduled to speak on a panel titled “Why Human Rights Matter: Human Rights as Public Service”.

UPDATE: Now, we learn from David Akin that “OLO calls to say organizers jumped the gun Iggy staying in ottawa”

How did “organizers [jump] the gun” when Ignatieff was scheduled to speak at a conference, but then days later he is removed and replaced by Bob Rae? It appears that the schedule change could have been deliberate to fit Iggy’s opportunity to return to Harvard to give a talk to his fellow Crimsons.

This incident is reminiscent of Michael Ignatieff’s jaunt to the UK to deliver the Isaiah Berlin lecture in the summer while some Canadians wondered why he wasn’t politicking at home.

Stephen Harper skipped out on a crazy Muammar Gaddafi speech at the U.N. to return to Canada to discuss the economy and he got an earful from concerned Liberals. Until just minutes ago, Michael Ignatieff appeared to be skipping out on a Canadian economic discussion to fly to the US to speak on a human rights panel.

Comments

comments

  • Anonymous

    Good God Stephen. This is as stupid as Liberals trying to make some goofy cheques into an issue.

  • CanadianSense

    Post the link or the public letter in the Star. (30x you have made a claim without a shred of proof)

    It won't be difficult to prove writing style comparisons, language, grammar etc.

    Terry as always when anyone challenges you for any proof you refuse.

  • terry1

    It's not the idea of proof; I just won't expose you because that's not right. But people do need to know your “abilities” let us say. You know that I know who you are or you would not be so defensive.

    If you would stop such drivel you might get a break. You know how you got turfed off that other blog for good after several attempts to hide your persona.

  • terry1

    Jan, Give your head a shake. The party and its member decided was no need for a full competitive convention so it was a decision shared by many.

    I'm older than you think but didn't live in Ontario during Rae days. I had the joy of living through PQ days in Quebec where spending on social stupidity was even worse. Alberta has and still pi$$es more money away than any other province in confederation. They are drunken spenders and their federal cousins have learned well from them except they don't have the tax base to continue the waste.

  • WarrenT

    The Rosedale gang is the gang that can't shoot straight. Total ly incompetent. Imagine recruiting a leader and managing him into bankruptcy. How is Iggy going to pay his debts. He is broke. Coderre could spot a sinking ship and lives to campaign again.

  • CanadianSense

    Terry you belong in the Liberal Party because like them when you are asked for ACTUAL PROOF you back down over and over again.

    Like the novelty cheque chasing MP's who won't repeat their accusation outside the HOC.

    Reminds me of the last elected Liberal Prime Minister.

    “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven.” – Jean Chretien

    Terry unless you are willing to provide links to public information to back up your claims your “Liberal proof” just won't cut it.

  • terry1

    Another stupid answer from you. No smart parliamentarian will repeat accusations outside the HOC. That's more of your dumber than dumb thinking. In fact Baird was asked to do the same thing some weeks back and he declined. You post unbelievable garbage.

  • terry1

    warren t…. what kind of nonsense are you spewing? Iggy is not broke, far from it and neither is the party. Geez, stop being like the nonsense guy here and post facts.

  • batb

    Lorrainemarie: I couldn't agree with you more. This blog is — or was — one of the best on the Blogging Tories roll. Heck, Stephen was one of the founders of Blogging Tories. A few trolls have completely sabotaged it and made it, as you point out, almost unreadable.

    I would not find it excessive, non-inclusive, or undemocratic to ban parnel and/or whoever posts from his/her computer. Enough is enough. Banning parnel/terry1/whomever is called “logical consequences.” Already, this blog has lost some of its more articulate commenters, and I find it disheartening coming here. So, as per usual in this Deranged Dominion, the bully wins. So much for” zero tolerance” …

  • TwoYen

    Lorraine,
    You are probably correct that this is a determined attempt to sabotage the comments section of Stephen's blog. It has made it impossible to have a real give and take of ideas. Stephen, Please do something to stop the endless insults.

  • CanadianSense

    Terry Parnel,

    You just made the point inside the HOC they are protected from a legal penalty. Just as you decline to back up anything but general attacks and smears. The only defence is the truth.

    You failed to present the truth instead you posted a “Liberal proof” again.

  • terry1

    Get lost with your completely illogical nonsense

  • terry1

    Batb , you should look at what you bring to the debate other than liberal bashing as does a few of your fellow co conspirators.

    That is not debate.

  • john g

    It’s not just his posts. It’s the responses to his post, and the resulting flamewars. The comments section at both Taylor’s and Janke’s have become pretty much unreadable lately; worse than the Globe or CBC. That is what this guy is trying to accomplish, and he’s succeeding. Maclean’s doesn’t put up with this crap, and their comments section is probably the best in the Canadian blogosphere because of it; even though it’s largely dominated by Liberal sympathizers, the discussion is for the most part as reasonable as it gets when partisans cross swords.

    Of course it’s Stephen’s site and he’ll do as he pleases, but freedom of speech does not require that the two Steves allow this guy and others like him to destroy the discussion threads.

  • Observant

    terry1 … I can say Iggy is a “failed politician” based on the last 3 or 4 polls that all give Harper a near-majority vote of confidence by Canadians .. and that’s not “just being silly”. In the present world, all we have is polls, and it appears Canadians are settling in quite comfortably with PM Harper, wouldn’t you say? Also the CPC “ads” were not “election” ads but “definition” ads that nicely nailed Iggy up against the wall, without even attacking the Liberal party. Meanwhile, Liberals are still attempting to insult (‘Harpercrite’ – how silly is that?!) and demonize PM Harper in their desperation, but it’s not working one iota … and the “negative” stuff is all coming from the Liberals.

    We haven’t even had an election, and poll after poll after poll is providing us with election level numbers that are even worse than Dion’s. I’m betting that Iggy will not survive as Liberal leader over the next 6 months and get to the Spring 2010 Budget, all because internal strife and struggles within the Liberal party will consume him and spit him out.

  • Jen

    No kidding! why not send these 'FINDINGS' to the NYtimes or Boston Globe, I am sure the national media in canada will be thrill to hear that we are spreading the news; just helping the media here since they are too busy doing a lot of work for the LPOC.

  • Jen

    That is why we have to tell the world the 'secrets of Trudeau and liberal party of canada' and the media cover-up throughout the years while blaming others for the LPOC very own cause to problems we face today.

    The media cannot go on forever protecting the liberals; the media will soon be exposed to world for their neglect and coverup.

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    John g,

    I just recieved your post (12 hours late) yikes! I agree with all your comments including our hosts decision on bad behaviour.

    We are all guests on his blog.

  • Jen

    No kidding! why not send these 'FINDINGS' to the NYtimes or Boston Globe, I am sure the national media in canada will be thrill to hear that we are spreading the news; just helping the media here since they are too busy doing a lot of work for the LPOC.

  • Jen

    That is why we have to tell the world the 'secrets of Trudeau and liberal party of canada' and the media cover-up throughout the years while blaming others for the LPOC very own cause to problems we face today.

    The media cannot go on forever protecting the liberals; the media will soon be exposed to world for their neglect and coverup.

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    John g,

    I just recieved your post (12 hours late) yikes! I agree with all your comments including our hosts decision on bad behaviour.

    We are all guests on his blog.