Originally Posted by miceelf
Given his performance as a politician and the resulting prime minister of Canada, "the Evil of Banality" would also have been a propos
My feeling is that Michael is a good academic and an intellectual who has received significant international recognition, but he was an awful politician.
The Liberal Party seemed to think they found a new Trudeau, but there was such a difference. For one thing Trudeau was not only an intellecutual, he was a smart political activist. For another thing, Trudeau loved this country and made personal sacrifices for it, which most Canadians don't recognize.
He made himself hated in his home province of Quebec and in the West, mainly by bigots on both sides, in accomplishing the patriation of our Constitution. He was a courageous man who stood up for what he believed, even at personal and political cost, and for the country. Ignatieff spent most of his life out of it, and I never felt he really cared about it. He just thought if might be interesting to be prime minister.