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Canadian Liberal Leader Ignatieff Wooing Women to Defeat Harper

Posted on January 14 2011 10:00 am
Christine Williams is a 9-time international award-winning interviewer. She is Host and Producer of the Canadian National TV program “On the Front Line with Christine Williams” aired on CTS TV. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Hudson Institute in New York.
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Election talk is in the air again as Canadian Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff goes on an 11 day cross country tour to 20 different ridings.  This time he is courting the woman vote.

Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals believe female voters can help them defeat Stephen Harper and will fight the next election on a platform designed to show that only Liberals understand the anxiety Canadian families are feeling about the economy.

Liberals are notorious for assuaging the poor with promises that do nothing but break the backs of the hardworking middle class while encouraging dependency on bigger government and continuing a cycle of poverty. But giving credit where due, Ignatieff is respected as an academic and historian and has obviously been noting past trends. According to a Gallup Poll, in the height of the recession, American women tended to be more center and liberal than conservative.  On the other hand the majority of men leaned toward conservatism.  The same trend held true in Canada.

An article entitled  “Can Harper Seduce Women” points out that the Conservatives have struggled to win over female voters.  One hefty argument has fallen upon the Conservative agenda deemed antagonistic to feminist groups that support abortion funding, an argument that Ignatieff—in vain–played to the hilt in anticipation of the G20 summit over discussions of a maternal health initiative in developing countries.  It has become a cliché liberal feminist argument that any government or group that does not support abortion is anti-woman.

Ignatieff  is wooing the female liberal vote only because he has come up empty handed in garnering adequate support based on a sound political platform.  He has become the least popular political leader in Canadian Federal politics.  Because of this, he sinks to erroneous arguments about the Conservatives failing Canadians during a tough economic crisis when the facts do not bear out.  Just prior to the G20 summit, CBS news reported:

The 20 world leaders at an economic summit in Toronto next weekend will find themselves in a country that has avoided a banking crisis where others have floundered, and whose economy grew at a 6.1 percent annual rate in the first three months of this year. The housing market is hot and three-quarters of the 400,000 jobs lost during the recession have been recovered.

It has not been an easy ride for the Liberal leader whose party enjoyed 13 consecutive years of liberal rule prior to Harper to suddenly find himself critiqued by leftist media ranks announcing his ongoing struggles, even reiterating his failure to connect with Canadians.  He has also been accused of identifying more as an “American” given his time of residence in the U.S.  Though a weak criticism, Canadians are sensitive when it comes to patriotism.  Leftists in particular froth at the mouth of the idea of a strong American global presence and go into convulsions at the very mention of the pre-Obama era of George Bush and the notion of neo-conservatism.

Given how the cards are stacked against Ignatieff , the beleaguered Liberal leader is turning to women as a hope to defeat Harper. Why?  Because he is now seeking to build a reputation among the perceived “needy,” and oppressed, akin to what Obama built his popularity on, but with one noted exception:  Obama’s personality resonated with Americans, even though his promises of miraculous change was a disillusionment.  Ignatieff has never shared this dispositional attribute.

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