Michael Ignatieff Endorsed As Liberal Party Leader
Update 3:07pm EST
Michael Ignatieff took the reigns of the Liberal party on Wednesday afternoon, paving the way to him leading the coalition against the Conservatives when parliament resumes in January.
Ignatieff stated he would support a non-confidence motion if the Governor General allows it.
Ignatieff spoke at a press conference this afternoon: "Mr. Harper has decided to divide the house, parliament and Canada," said Ignatieff. "Mr. Harper has a choice, he can continue with his divisive politics or he can attempt to collaborate in a constructive fashion."
The Liberal caucus gave its support to Michael Ignatieff today behind closed doors, clearing the way for the Toronto MP and internationally-known academic to lead the party through one of its most challenging times.
Liberals emerged from caucus saying they intend to wait and see Prime Minister Stephen Harper's budget next month before deciding whether to topple the Conservatives and form a coalition government with the NDP.
Canada’s Liberal Party appointed Michael Ignatieff, a former Harvard University professor, as its interim leader, after Stephane Dion announced earlier this week he would step down.
Ignatieff will be leader until the party holds a leadership convention in May, the Liberals said in an e-mailed statement. Ignatieff is the only remaining candidate in the leadership race.
Not everyone is happy with Ignatieff, who many claim is highly intelligent but has some very right-leaning policies and feelings on certain issues.
This may also be true of the photogenic and scholarly Michael Ignatieff, the man most likely to inherit Trudeau’s mantle.
The essay that appears here reveals Canada’s probable Liberal leader and possible prime minister as a thoughtful, attractive, erudite and fundamentally mistaken thinker. I wrote about it at some length about three months ago. In his piece, Mr. Ignatieff expresses concern that “In the grim present, humanitarian intervention feels like an idea whose time has come and gone.”
A day after Bob Rae stepped down, the Liberals are set to endorse Michael Ignatieff to be party leader. With the announcement of a coalition and the suspension of parliament, this would pave the way for Ignatieff to lead a possible election against the Conservatives.
The Etobicoke-Lakeshore MP, who finished second to Stephane Dion in the 2006 Liberal leadership contest, will now take over for him as party leader. The Liberal caucus meets in Ottawa Wednesday and at that point it will unanimously endorse Ignatieff as interim party leader.
The former Harvard academic will be acclaimed as permanent leader at the Liberal convention in Vancouver next May. Ignatieff's two rivals for the position, Dominic LeBlanc and Bob Rae, both dropped out of contention in the past week, leaving the former deputy leader of the Opposition the last man standing.