GUELPH—Despite being mired in third place in the polls, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says he’s proud of his effort to rebuild his party by doing politics differently.
Barnstorming through southern Ontario, Ignatieff said he’d been trying since taking over the Liberals in late 2008 to “reconnect my party to Canadian voters.”
“The thing I’ve tried to do since I’ve been in federal politics is to do this thing differently,” he told the media after touring a farmers market in Guelph.
He said after five years of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in power, Canadians want more open, responsive politics. And he says this approach is one of the reasons he’s been getting overflow crowds at Liberal rallies and town hall meetings throughout the campaign.
“One of the reasons that we’ve had rallies that are full of people and one of the reasons there has been enthusiasm from beginning to end is a sense that we’ve rebonded the leadership of the party to its base.”...I guess it's more face-saving to spout malarkey about "doing things differently" and "rebonding with your base" than it is to acknowledge the obvious and cue the band to start playing "Nearer My God To Thee."