You have sat too long for any good you have been doing.
Depart, I say, and let us have done with you.
Ignatieff is gone and small will be the loss. There are plenty of Libs eulogizing Iggy today. He was a swell guy, a real intellectual, such a hard worker. Okay, when you're finished with the bullshit let's get down to reality.
Hard worker? Really?
The time the Liberal Party and Canadians most needed hard work out of Ignatieff came when Harper first prorogued Parliament just as Canada was being overtaken by a global economic meltdown, the worst in generations. Iggy had a window of opportunity to do some very hard work brainstorming a Liberal stimulus/recovery budget initiative, something with real vision. Instead he took the time to write a very important book on his maternal ancestors.
When Parliament returned, Ignatieff came back empty-handed. He left himself and the Liberals no option but to endorse Harper's pathetic "pinata budget." He compounded his dereliction by making a fool of himself, boasting that he was putting Stephen Harper "on probation."
Bus tours and barbeques? Is that "hard work"? I suppose it is, sort of, for the bus driver anyway.
A two-year leadership/policy vacuum? Is that "hard work"? Really? Oh yeah, there was that "thinkers' conference" thingee, the spectacle with the roster dead weighted with CEOs and management consultants.
Iggy did achieve some things. He put the LPC on the side of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians. He even pre-absolved Israel of its atrocities in the Gaza invasion. He certainly shifted the Party to the centre-right, fashioned it as something akin to Conservative-Lite. In so doing he helped Steve Harper achieve his prime directive, moving Canada's political centre well to the right. And Ignatieff also did Harper a solid by proposing an extension of Canada's military role in the FUBAR known as Afghanistan.
Ignatieff did a lot to the Liberal Party and it left scars. He didn't even bother to hold the centre, allowing Layton to move in from the left and Harper from the right until Iggy was squeezed so tightly he struggled for air. In so many ways he is directly responsible for bringing the Liberal Party to ruin.
Now he's out - two years too late, but he's gone. However the job's not done. The Party needs to ensure that those who engineered Ignatieff's ascendancy are also put out to pasture. I will end this with another observation from Oliver Cromwell:
I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain,
that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows,
than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.