Sunday, December 03, 2006

Thinking woman's crumpet beaten in Canada

Bloomberg.com reports:
Stephane Dion, a former environment minister who entered politics a decade ago to fight separatism in his native province of Quebec, won the Liberal Party of Canada's leadership race today.

Dion beat former Harvard University academic Michael Ignatieff, the race's front-runner throughout the nine-month campaign, on the fourth ballot.

5 comments:

Larry Gambone said...

Good. The Liberals will undoubtedly form the next govt. One neocon-loving PM is enough, without a second one. I am glad the Ig lost.

Barry Stocker said...

It might look like the thinking person's liberal candidate lost, but Dion himself had an academic career and has published on the great 19th Century liberal Alexis de Tocqueville (quoted by J.S. Mill in 'On Liberty' who also published a long book review of Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America'). References to Tocqueville appear in some of Dion's political speeches. I've put some relevant links on a website I help run, www.factsandideas.com

Martin said...

Interesting reading on the subject at Canadian Liberal blogs

Mkzrj said...

Both of them seemed like good candidates, but either way let's hope the Liberals get in next time round.

Jonathan said...

A word of explanation to our Canadian readers...

Michael Ignatieff was well known as an arts broadcaster on British television in the 1980s.

Joan Bakewell, who did much the same job in the 1960s, was sometimes called "the thinking man's crumpet".