In his recent article, Rex Murphy accuses Ignatieff of being adept at attacking Stephen Harper without taking any positions of his own. This time, shockingly, the verbose Newfoundlander has it wrong.
It is hardly surprising that not many of Ignatieff's positions are known. What would happen if Ignatieff presented them? The answer to that question is obvious. Stephen Harper, a committed pragmatist ever since entering office, would adopt most of these ideas faster than Madonna faced with Malawi kids. He hasn't done so on EI, granted, but that is because he wants to see how far Iggy will go.
In addition, it is not a common occurrence that the Opposition leader unveil a ready election platform. It is obvious that there would be a difference between the extent to which we know Harper's policies and the extent to which we know Ignatieff's. Harper is PM, Ignatieff, sadly, is not.
As for Rex's assertions that Ignatieff is shocked by the deficit. Wrong again. Ignatieff is outraged, as most of the country should be, about the way in which this deficit is ballooning with no clear stimulus to show for it. Most of the money hasn't even gotten out the door, and yet this deficit, one that Conservatives denied would exist until the last possible moment, is soaring up faster than an old widower's house attached to helium balloons.
If in office, Ignatieff would not draw back on spending, I believe. He would spend responsibly, providing economic stimulus while making sure the money goes to those who need it. He would also be reasonable in his predictions, unlike the current government.
Take for example EI reform. This will cost even more to the government. And guess who proposed this. That's right Iggy did. Sorry Rex.
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