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Ignatieff's conversion

I agree that it is most gratifying to see Michael Ignatieff change his mind on the U.S. war on/in Iraq. It is instructive to note, however, that the party of which he is now Deputy Leader had made very clear its opposition to the war from the outset under Prime Minister Jean Chretien. During Ignatieff's own run for leadership of the Liberal party, following the hapless interregnum of Paul Martin, he was confronted on several occasions because of his hawkish views, views which he did not entirely disown, only safely nuance. Now that the leadership of the party appears to be increasingly unsteady in the hands of Stephane Dion, we appear to be getting the "conversion" many had yearned for earlier.

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I disagree with Michael W. Higgins' comment that the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada "appears to be increasingly unsteady in the hands of Stephane Dion". This is wishful thinking, by those who do not wish to see Canada's mainstream political party being headed by a man who is ideally suited to lead Canada in the forward-looking direction that responsible government in the 21st century demands. Mr. Ignatieff has many fine qualities and accomplishments, but political experience in office is not one of them. Mr. Dion entered politics at the cabinet level over 10 years ago and has proved himself to be a stellar performer. Canadians are indeed fortunate that both he and Mr. Ignatieff are willing to use their talents and abilities in service to their country.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-rees/cormac-ignatieffs-the-r_b_59363... substantive, but funny. At the end, it touches on your notion, Mr. Higgins.