During the 2006 federal election, Michael Ignatieff, who had been lured back to Canada to run for the Liberals after 34 years abroad, made it quite clear in an interview with The Harvard Crimson newspaper just how dedicated he was to Canada.
If he didn't win his Toronto riding, he said, he would move back to Massachusetts.
No great surprise there. After all, this is a man who continually referred to himself as an American, both in his speeches and his writing. In fact, in 2004, just one year before he was coaxed into coming north to grab a chance at his party's leadership, Ignatieff appeared on C-SPAN, the congressional cable channel, and said this:
"Look, this is America and you have to decide what kind of country you want. This is your country as much as it is mine."
He, Michael Ignatieff, says America is his country.
He has no commitment to Canada.
He actually said so.
He wants to be Prime Minister of Canada.
I didn't make this up.
I'm not allowed to.
Choose your Prime Minister.
Not Michael Ignatieff.
WITH APOLOGIES TO MY AMERICAN FRIENDS, WHO I'M SURE WILL UNDERSTAND, AS I DOUBT THEY'D VOTE FOR IGNATIEFF EITHER.
Payback's a bitch. For that nasty ad about Stephen Harper the Liberals did. If they hadn't done it, I wouldn't have done this. After all, they made it up, and gave me the idea to throw it back at them.
The difference is that I'm telling the truth.
And so are the Conservatives. About Michael Ignatieff.
Threaten this, Warren Kinsella!