Michael Ignatieff steps down

Michael Ignatieff one of the most thoughtful creative intellectuals who has led a political party in Canada announced this morning that he was stepping down. This is a loss for Canadian politics and Canadian culture. There is in Canada an unfortunate tendency to diminish intellectuals and impugn their integrity and commitment to our values by jealously rejecting them and their achievements. Neo-conservatives have been particularly malicious in fostering this attitude in Canada by importing from the U.S. the harsh anti -liberal slander that was so obvious in the kind of attack ads that Michael Ignatieff was subjected to. Instead of celebrating our intellectuals and their contribution to our society and the view of us at home and abroad macho style Canadians prefer to sneer at them and falsely accuse them of elitism simply because they enjoy thinking about ideas and using reason rather than prejudice and simple passion to analyze issues and  evaluate policies. I had my own disagreements with Michael Ignatieff over policy and leadership but I always found him thoughtful, warm, open, friendly  and thoroughly decent. He is an outstanding Canadian intellectual who has paid his dues in  his service to our country.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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