On December 3rd, 2006 Canada's next Prime Minister will be decided by a few thousand delegates
at the Liberal party convention in Montreal (join for ~$10)
. Don't believe me? In the last 110 years of Liberal party history
only one leader has failed to become Prime Minister. No fewer than sixteen candidates met in Edmonton
last week. On the surface the candidates are making nice.
Ignatieff: "None of us, none of us are going to run against each other. All of us are running against Stephen Harper's vision of Canada."
It is even said that Bob Rae and Ignatieff are life long close friends
. That didn't stop the Ignatieff campaign co-chair.
David Peterson: "[Rae's] got some terrible burdens to overcome. One is his record and one is his loyalty."
Emphasis mine, and <more inside>
posted by Chuckles
on Apr 9, 2006 -
Lying in International Politics
is a 2004 speech given by John J. Mearsheimer
which reminded me of yesterday's post on but controveral but well spoken Michael Ignatieff
. Mearsheimer argues that...
"...international lying takes four forms. Inter-state lying is where states lie to each other to gain strategic advantage. Fear-mongering is where foreign policy elites lie to their own public because they believe that the people do not recognize the seriousness of an external threat and they need to be motivated to deal with it. Nationalist myth-making is where elites tell lies about their state’s history to help foster a powerful sense of national identity among all segments of society. Anti-realist lying is where elites attempt to disguise brutal behavior carried out in pursuit of realist (or other) goals, because it conflicts with widely-accepted liberal norms." (more...)
(Mearsheimer has recently been covered
on mefi on a more controversial subject.)
posted by bhouston
on Mar 31, 2006 -
the candidate parachuted into Etobicoke by supporters who would see him as the next leader of the federal Liberal Party
of Canada, has just given a speech
outlining his vision for Canada, which is probably the forerunner to an official announcement about his candidacy. (Previously, on MeFi
.) If he runs, he will be up against Martha Hall Findlay
, John Godfrey
, and Maurizio Bevilacqua
who have all declared. Other contenders might well include Stéphane Dion
, Joe Volpe
, and hockey legend Ken Dryden
. Finally, the race appears to be hotting up.
posted by Zinger
on Mar 30, 2006 -
Dreams of Liberty
Who Are Americans to Think That Freedom Is Theirs to Spread? Op ed from Michael Ignatieff
, Carr professor of human rights at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; an edited version of which appeared in Sunday Observer 03 July. Ignatieff previously mentioned here.
posted by adamvasco
on Jul 4, 2005 -