Ignatieff Resigns

After a night of surprises, something that’s not.

“There must be somewhere out there, possibly in the room this morning, or possibly watching on television, who thinks – he didn’t get there but I will.”

At least now the Liberals will have a lot of time to rebuild and rediscover itself. It’s time for a new generation to take over the party.

Aftermath Update: The early morning wrap-up from CBC.

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Filed under 2011 Canadian Election, Liberal Leadership Race, Liberal Party of Canada, Michael Ignatieff

19 responses to “Ignatieff Resigns

  1. Rotterdam

    I felt sorry for the guy.
    He got hoodwinked by a few liberal operatives visiting him at Harvard, into thinking he could become PM.

    He ran a good passionate campaign trying to prop up a declining federal liberal brand.
    I felt sad after the conference, very sad.

  2. Ignatieff wanted people to “Rise Up” and demand change.

    And they did… just not in the way he wanted.

  3. hitfan

    I’m not sure where the Liberals will go. Perhaps they should quietly merge with the NDP while the blue liberal Manley-McKenna wing go with the Conservatives. The Conservatives elected a slate of Ontario MPs in ridings that normally don’t vote for them. These are “Peter Kent Conservatives” (socially moderate, fiscally conservative) and not “Preston Manning Reformers”.

    The top two parties largely have their roots with Western protest parties of the populist variety. The Reform party inherited the historical brand name after the Progressive Conservatives finally agreed to a merger. Jack Layton had achieved what NDP giants Tommy Douglas and Ed Broadbent could only dream of.

    Layton’s big challenge will be to herd a bunch of neophytes that were just elected in Quebec along with his health issues. There’s no way that Layton can step down after attaining the singular moment of the NDP’s greatness so far.

    The NDP breakthrough was done at the expense of the Bloc (a good thing for the left, they can now count on Quebec to provide them with a more stable power base) and vote splitting in Ontario where the Conservatives came up the middle and made a breakthrough of their own in urban Toronto (a bad thing for the left, but perhaps necessary in order to achieve the first NDP government in a future election).

    A united left would certainly hurt the Conservatives in the short term, but eventually voter fatigue and a desire for the Conservatives to expand to a broader constituency will create a sort of Overton Window where we could see a 2-party consensus (Conservative vs NDP) to express Canada’s political will.

    Looking at last night’s election map, it looks like a traditional election result of old where the Conservatives have their power base in the West and the Liberals with their stronghold in Quebec while Ontario is the main battleground. Except this time, it was the NDP who inherited Quebec’s progressive voter base.

    I see a lot of libbloggers celebrating the election of Elizabeth May as an MP. I’m sure they are pleased with the silver lining of ousting a Tory cabinet minister, but her Green party is just another means of siphoning the center-left vote even further.

  4. Hitfan: That may be true, but I think having Elizabeth May in Parliament, especially at this juncture, is a positive development. I don’t always agree with what she has to say, but she brings a lot of legitimate concerns and arguments to the table.

  5. hitfan

    redtory: well from my vantage point (being the cynical realist conservative sympathizer that I am), I enjoy the vote splitting. But at some point, the various factions “of the left” can’t splinter like the way they’re doing.

    I confess to holding my nose when voting Conservative yesterday. I am not pleased with Harper’s role in creating the deficit (albeit, the opposition was demanding stimulus money) when he inherited a surplus. I honestly looked for a protest vote (which is usually Paul Hellyer’s Canadian Action Party) but no credible ones were found.

    There’s one thing I grudgingly concede to Jean Chretien (and I despise him politically) is that he balanced the budget for as long as he did. There were shrieks and cries about so-called heartless cuts to social programs back in the 1990s, but there has to be realism when it comes to what we can afford as taxpayers.

    But the deficit is barely a pressing issue to most voters now. And I remain skeptical whether or not the Conservatives will actually balance the budget by 2015. I for one would like to see them spend their political capital to accomplish this, even if it means they end up with Mulroney-esque approval ratings in order to face the wrath of the voters.

    But that’s dream world la-la land. The Conservatives will dispense with the lofty principle of balanced budgets if it means they can win again (they’ll just blame the double dip recession which IS coming). Such is the flaw of democracy; it is a system where segments of the electorate figure out that they can vote for free stuff for themselves.

  6. …being the cynical realist conservative sympathizer that I am…

    Is there any other kind? Or have I just not yet met the idealist non-cynical “conservative” sympathisers?

  7. Hitfan: Such is the flaw of democracy; it is a system where segments of the electorate figure out that they can vote for free stuff for themselves.

    I’ve never been a terribly big fan of democracy, so you’re preaching to the choir on that one.

  8. Good bye and good riddance.

  9. CWTF

    Well, it would seem that “teh burning stupid” and once again won.

    I just heard two interviews with NDP winners in Quebec. One of the student’s who had won seems to have found new and creative ways to use the word “uhmm” as it was interjected as every second word.
    The other NDP winner was wondering when she was going to start being on payroll. I guess she had shopping to do or something.

    Iggy ran a better campaign that expected, but we all know that it matters little in a democracy.

  10. Roland

    hitfan,

    The one thing I liked about the Chretien/Martin regime was the fiscal performance. Even granting that the economic cycle and demographics in the 1990’s favoured their efforts, Chretien’s political accomplishment in balancing the budget, and keeping it in surplus, was remarkable and almost unique in the developed world.

    But don’t expect much fiscal sense from the Harper majority. Instead, I predict excessive tax cuts creating chronic deficits, at a time when interest rates are likely to trend upward. Servicing the public debt will become very difficult by the mid 20-teens, leading to “structural adjustment.”

    The only consolation for a fiscal conservative like me, is that at least Harper will bear the blame for the upcoming big correction in the housing market.

  11. That was brilliant strategy that you liberals engaged in with the bringing down of the Conservative government. Can’t wait for your next brilliant move of getting JustIn Trudeau to be your next leader. How far you have fallen is evident but the fact that you still have a party tells me it’s not damn far enough. You think you can steal from the Canadian taxpayers and ever get back our trust? Would you hire back an employee that stole from you? Methinks not so you better face up to reality here. There is no coming back and there is no merger with the NDP. Who would want to merge with a party of losers who’s moral compass is so askew?
    Losing your per vote subsidy is going to toast your party and then we in the west will be able to properly celebrate a job well done.
    Hint for the next election, don’t mention Green Shifts and Cap & Trade because the anthropogenic global warming scam is coming to an end. You have been had but of course it isn’t the first time that has happened now has it?

  12. I was kind of surprised to learn last night that the Dipper who spent much of the campaign on vacation in Las Vegas won her seat.

  13. Tomm

    Yes, Brosseau was a lucky winner! Everyone’s a winner…step right up!

    I’m expecting the NDP caucus to provide more than a little entertainment over the next four years. Quebec voters will be taking some long showers trying to scrub off this one night stand.

  14. Quite entertaining, I’m sure. Especially seeing as it’s more difficult to herd “progressives” than it is their Conservative counterparts who tend to rather like marching in lock-step and saluting when ordered to do so.

  15. Tomm

    I thought you found Gallant and Trost entertaining? The CPC has their share of people walking along the edge.

    I actually am pleased that of all people, Goodale, Dion, and McCallum didn’t lose their seats. Who would have guessed that the attempt to clean house leaves those three still standing. I’m looking forward to some high entertainment.

  16. I don’t know that there was a conscious effort to “clean house” so it’s not surprising that those stalwart Liberal veterans would hold onto their seats. And it’s maybe just as well to have them around now when the party is at its lowest ebb.

  17. Tomm

    perhaps…

    Although I think that the party is looking for new direction, and these guys are the face of the old direction. Even if they bring important stuff to the policy and framing table, their media image is that of grumpy old men.

  18. Grumpy old WHITE men. That’s one of the strange outcomes of this election… Far from being the multicultural “big tent” of yesteryear, the Liberals (their public face at least) have really been marginalized into a very narrow constituency of WASPs.

    But you’re deflecting from the point of my post, Tomm. Which is what Harper and the so-called Conservatives are going to do with their mandate now that they have absolute power.

  19. Tomm

    I delivered a list somewhere else.

    Add, abolish long gun registry to the other list (twice)

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