Friday, April 01, 2011

Hold the one-on-one debate anyway

Nicely played Ignatieff:
As you stated, there are only two people who can be Prime Minister after May 2nd: you or me. Canadians truly deserve to see us go face to face in a contest of ideas, values and very different visions for our country. That is what democracy is all about.
Like many Canadians, I was disappointed and puzzled when you reversed your commitment, and tried to back out yesterday. I don’t understand why you have gone back on your word, or why you would wish to disappoint Canadians.
However, it is not too late for you to rectify the situation. Since our original exchange on Wednesday, many invitations to host the debate have come in from prestigious organizations across Canada. So there are any number of venues and times to choose from.
Not that I'd describe myself as a Liberal, but if that party can secure a venue and media coverage, they could hold the "debate' without Stephen Harper. The optics of Michael Ignatieff selling the Liberal platform, with full national medial coverage, beside an empty chair or podium labelled Stephen Harper might well be worth it.


The Mound of Sound said...

Who needs Harper anyway? We could just have Iggy respond to clips of Harper's comments from the past five years.

Actually I think Harper is going to have to surrender and debate Ignatieff. At the moment he's staring at three or four bad options and the debate might be the least damaging of the lot.

Pam Palmater said...

I completely agree! He should debate either way.

Beijing York said...

Craig Oliver could hold a Harper on a stick sign and read CONservative talking points.

The Mound of Sound said...

Hey B.Y. is that old fart Oliver still alive? I haven't watched CTV News in ...a very, very long time. Talk about an outfit long overdue for a transfusion of fresh blood.

Alison said...

Yes, Ignatieff should do the debate to clips of Harpie. I wouldn't put it past Harpie to send one of his thugs to take his place. Once a bully, always a coward.