Michael Ignatieff Asks…

What steps are being taken to protect Canadians against swine flu outbreak?

The Liberal leader is apparently so concerned that “foreign governments are fully aware of the measures our government is taking to protect Canadians” that he posts a self-serving video (in two languages!) asking a quite perfectly legitimate question, but then doesn’t bother to provide the answer that would, in fact, make people “fully aware” of the steps the government is taking…

Now, I know I’ve nattered on about the totally asinine format of these videos before, but this instance seems to be a particularly outstanding example of cynical opportunism and pointless delivery.

17 Replies to “Michael Ignatieff Asks…”

  1. Opportunism is what it’s all about, right? Just ask Stephen Harper.
    let’s get rid of the shit first, then ask for a higher standard.

  2. I was surprised to see some Liberals ejaculate all over themselves at Iggy leaving during QP…

    I think that most Liberals are hypocrites on the same level than Conservatives… At least Liberals should know better…
    http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/27/the-commons-you-bore-us-mr-ignatieff/

    I have very little respect for all political parties.

    We have spend years mocking Conservatives with “I’d somehow different when they do it” only to see Liberals fall victim to that same kind of thinking… Makes you yearn for Dion….

  3. Iggy’s proving himself to be just another politician [hardly surprising] and yes, it makes one look back more fondly on Dion.

    Obviously, Canada hasn’t had its fill of “just” politicians, since we had a real alternative, and look what happened to him….

  4. They ALL do that. The message is we’re devious, that’s the poli world, accept it or don’t join our party.
    But a lot can happen between now and June. Thank the gawds.

  5. I would not say that I miss Dion…. although, I do think that Martin is the best man to stir Canada during the recession/depression instead of the gang that we have in place…

  6. “What steps are being taken to protect Canadians against swine flu outbreak?”

    Hopefully, the answer was none….because if I hear one more moron yipping about swine flu, I will be sick. Car accidents kill more people in one day in the US alone than have died in this entire so-called pandemic. But nobody seems to be worried about the car accident pandemic.

    Thousands die every year in Canada from C.Difficile, MSRA, hospital acquired infections, medication mistakes, bedsores….but nobody gives a shit.

    Every single year hundreds of babies and young children die from SIDS, stillbirth, neonatal death, child abuse, accidents in the home, RSV, and pneumonia, all preventable if we spent even one fucking dime on them.

    And nobody calls that a pandemic.

    Mental illness will affect 1 in 4 Canadians in their lifetime, costing the economy billions in health care dollars and lost productivity. Many of these people will commit suicide….yet how much do we spend on treatment of THAT pandemic?

    Nothing.

    Now every time I read another media horror story about the swine flu, I seriously really want to stick a pig up someone’s ass.

  7. Skeptik — I can’t say that I miss Dion as leader of the LPC, but he was a very genuine, authentic person and there’s something kind of endearing about that. Moreover, he held things together (however haphazardly and poorly contrived) through some pretty rough times for the party, avoiding complete and utter destruction despite being pilloried in the media and notwithstanding relentless attacks from the malicious pinheads in the Conservative “war room”…

    Ignatieff is striving to be a professional politician, and that seems to be working for him at the moment (if polls are to be believed), but it’s not necessarily something that engenders a whole lot of affection.

  8. Aurelia — Indeed. This swine-flu nonsense is absurd. More people perish each day from losing their footing in the shower than are likely to be killed by this disease. Wash your hands. End of story.

  9. I seriously really want to stick a pig up someone’s ass.

    I’m not sure the Humane Society would approve of that. Besides, why punish the pig? He’s as much a victim as you are.

    Something inanimate and large, like a football, would provide a like-sized and equally uncomfortable rectal trespass without the infliction of gratuitous anguish on an innocent creature.

  10. You should see how the whole swine flu outbreak is playing out in New York. I have many American friends who honestly believe that if you get it, it’s a 100% death sentence unless you get Tamiflu, which is the miracle cure. When I mention that there are only 8 confirmed deaths and 152 deaths that are suspected to be swine flu related in the whole wide world, and that 100 people of flu in the U.S. alone every day they think I don’t care enough.

    Then Biden has to open his big mouth and suggest that taking the subways are dangerous.

    STFU Joe! That’s the last thing this city needs right now and what are people supposed to do anyway? There aren’t enough cabs in the city for everyone, most people don’t have cars and where would you park anyway?

  11. Forget car accidents and shower falls, we have 8 WHO confirmed swine flu deaths compared to anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000 influenza deaths EVERY YEAR in CANADA ALONE! It’s beyond mad!

  12. Just ask Stephen Harper.
    let’s get rid of the shit first, then ask for a higher standard.

    But what if the new shit is the same as the old shit?

  13. Every single year hundreds of babies and young children die from SIDS, stillbirth, neonatal death, child abuse, accidents in the home, RSV, and pneumonia, all preventable if we spent even one fucking dime on them.

    Of course, the G&M today had a sad story about a couple of young soon-to-be-weds having to move their upcoming nuptials to some other “tropical” country!

    Oh, the humanity!

  14. I think the videos are downright genuine compared to the posting of the Iggy/Obama pic in times square..

    But, yes, sadly, I and obviously many others yearn for leaders who say what they mean and mean what they say.. you know, making a deal with the bloc is bad or it isn’t.. etc., etc..

    Perhaps now is time for the Non-Dogmatic Party to come to the fore…

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