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.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.
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.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Nicely played Ignatieff: