Remember that name. If all goes well, Michael Ignatieff will be the next, great, Liberal Prime Minister of Canada and not a moment too soon. This is not a politician—this is a scholar who knows how to do politics. He is an expert in human rights (Hallelujah!) and an expert in what it means to be Canadian. He is highly intelligent, passionate about Canadian values, and an excellent communicator. Some have called him the next Pierre Trudeau, some have called him a leader for the 21st century; both sentiments appear apt. We would be lucky to get him as Prime Minister.
His speech today at the University of Ottawa was spectacular. He does not pander to petty $elf-intere$t like so many politicians do, he speaks to our highest ideals and makes living them seem entirely possible. His speech was like a breath of fresh air. Do read it if you have the time. Although Ignatieff has not yet officially declared himself a candidate for the Liberal Party leadership, this speech sounds a lot like his application for the job of Prime Minister.