Michael Ignatieff might blow the Canadian election


If there\’s one thing Canadians just simply won\’t do it\’s voting for an American.

9 thoughts on “Michael Ignatieff might blow the Canadian election”

  1. there’s one thing Canadians just simply won’t do it’s voting for an American.

    Brilliant. I’m a Liberal, but I am not hoping for him to become PM.

  2. When did he take out US citizenship?

    Tim adds: I’m not sure he has. I think rather it’s that at some point he seems to have pretended to Americans to be one. Which will be enough for most Canadians to say the hell with him.

  3. He’s already hobbled by Canada being full of Ukrainians who don’t much like Tsarist aristocrats. Being an American, even a pseudo one, really is a nail in the coffin though.

  4. He’s already hobbled by Canada being full of Ukrainians who don’t much like Tsarist aristocrats.

    Is this a brilliant metaphor I’m failing to get, or a false factual claim about Canada’s demography?

  5. Is this a brilliant metaphor I’m failing to get, or a false factual claim about Canada’s demography?

    Ignatieff comes from a family of Russian counts. His grandfather was the Minister of Education in the Tsarist government; his great-grandfather was the Minister of the Interior.

    For some reason or another, there are a great number of Ukrainians in places like Manitoba. It’s sort of like the Scandinavian settlements in the American plains.

  6. “I think rather it’s that at some point he seems to have pretended to Americans to be one.” That may rule him out from being Canadian PM, but precedent says that it wouldn’t rule him out from being US President.

  7. dearieme:

    No–you’re wrong there. We’ve got a sort of “take-your-choice” “get-out-of-jail-free” custom here:

    you can be of doubtful “natural-born citizen” status but, in every such case, must qualify for Affirmative Action. One by itself’ll never get it.

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