I am enjoying the new narrative being presented, that Ignatieff has now violated the Government's confidence in his latest gaffe over the Governor General's term. The PM was considerate enough to consult the opposition on the pending selection, and Iggy responded to this private request for feedback by making public demands. It creates the feeling that there is no opportunism too small that he wouldn't compromise what's best for the country for his own personal political gain. As Don Martin and others have said, he has now eliminated whatever possibility she had of being extended by demanding such, especially considering the power she wields in our minority government.
New polling data shows increasingly negative numbers on Iggy's leadership, and you have to wonder what rumblings and grumblings are taking place behind enemy lines. There's just about no way he can win an election, and it shouldn't take very long before Team Rae starts sharpening their long knives. Meanwhile, Iggy also seems to skip work a lot. I keep a close eye on the Commons, and for such a sacred sovereign institution that demands our full non-prorogation attention, he sure finds a lot of excuses not to be there.
Lately he has been skipping work to hold town hall meetings. Why is that significant? Well you might remember that when Parliament was prorogued and the Government members said they were going back to their constituencies to collect feedback through town hall meetings; Iggy was outraged and said they should be in Ottawa passing legislation. Now Parliament is back in session, and he is skipping work to hold town hall meetings??? This is insane! To understand the level of hypocrisy in this contradiction of previous policy statements, you would have to re-watch the pressers where Iggy was piously railing on the necessity of "the Sovereign" legislature.