So Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff looks ready to topple the federal government this fall.
Ignatieff believes he can win an election, I guess, but odds are he won’t.
Why wouldn’t he be elected as prime minister?
First off, if he does force an election, it would turn a lot of people off. This would make our fourth federal election in five years. That’s too much.
Secondly, Ignatieff hasn’t done anything since becoming Liberal leader. It’s not like he worked his way up the ranks as an MP and opposition critic. He came into a leadership vote, won and was the Liberal leader. Just like that. He doesn’t have a record of doing anything as a politician, so why would Canadians vote for him.
And thirdly, his justifications for calling an election just does not make sense.
For example, yesterday he said one of the reasons for calling the election is this (from this Yahoo article):
“Ignatieff slammed Harper for presiding over the worst unemployment in two decades and plunging Canada back into a huge deficit.”
Was Ignatieff not paying attention? The whole world pretty much hit a recession. I don’t think there was anything any leader of any country could have stopped it.
To blame it on the federal government is going to backfire.
And like it or not, prime minister Stephen Harper’s people are very good about making this an election about what they want it to be about, and they’re not afraid to sling any mud at their opposition.
So if Ignatieff decides to go this route, he should be prepared for a further loss in seats than what they experienced in the last election — held a short 11 months ago.