Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Update: Michael Ignatieff not only succeeded but he has a bright future ahead!

(see my earlier posting, two days ago).

Michael Ignatieff, the scholar and writer, was touted as a future Canadian prime minister when he left Harvard University last November to stand as a candidate for the ruling Liberal party in a suburban Toronto constituency. That scenario may yet come true. But the results of Monday’s general election have made Mr Ignatieff’s path to the top of Canadian politics more circuitous than he or his supporters might have imagined two months ago. Mr Ignatieff won in Etobicoke-Lakeshore by a comfortable margin, overcoming resistance among some local Liberal supporters. A group of Ukrainians protested that the party leadership had circumvented the rules to secure his nomination. Others noted that he had not lived in Canada for almost three decades in a career that included teaching in Britain at both Oxford and Cambridge universities, becoming a regular on BBC television programmes and reporting on the Balkan wars. http://news.ft.com/cms/s/436cf05c-8d35-11da-9daf-0000779e2340.html

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