by Rick Mercer
As originally posted on: Rick Mercer.com
March 25, 2009
Michael Ignatieff really wants to be Prime Minister. Of that there is no doubt.
In fact, he is so committed to the idea of running Canada, he moved here to do it. Which I think is a good thing because as a nation I don't think we're completely comfortable with the notion of a Prime Minister living in Massachusetts.
So he's here now, he's fully committed, but I can't help but wonder: does he have any opinions on anything? Because I haven't really heard them. In fact Tory backbenchers have more to say about public policy and most of them have had their tongues removed.
It seems to me the only thing we really know about Iggy is his resume. And if you talk to any Liberals and you ask them any questions about Iggy, that's what they do, they quote his resume. You say, "what does he really think about Afghanistan?" They'll say "he wrote nineteen books."
You say, "what does he think about an auto bailout?" They'll say "he used to teach at Harvard."
You say, "does he have a plan to fight climate change?" And they'll say "he has a class five driver's license." Okay maybe that part's not true. But it might as well be, because when it comes to public policy I don't think the man has any.
And just in case you're wondering if this is just a case of a guy trying to find his feet, it's not. The Liberals have a policy convention coming up in May and they've just announced they won't be revealing any policy. It's a no-policy policy convention. Or what the rest of us might call a night out with the lads.
Michael you might be a very smart guy, but Canadians, we're not that stupid. You think you should be Prime Minister? Fine, but showing up is not good enough. Eventually you're going to have to tell us why.