Now, however, his undemocratic drop-in "acclamation" is being rebuffed in Etobicoke-Lakeshore as determined local Liberals, including the president of the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Congress, move forward with their own nomination meeting tonight. Indeed, the Liberal riding association has now indicated that Ignatieff is not even a member in good standing. So much for the concept of democracy, eh Mr. Ignatief ? This growing nightmare can only find one logical outcome, insiders say. Ignatieff will have to step aside. Worse, senior Liberals in Toronto, Bourque has learned, are readying a game plan that will allow the egghead to step aside in favour of devoting more time to his students, lest the growing unrest surrounding his imposed candidacy split the Liberal vote in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. A little egg on the Great Ego's face, after all, might be the perfect reminder to him that democracy has a process and it must be followed.
Ignatieff must be fuming at the prospect of a Ukrainian peasant revolt, one that he cannot, unlike his noble ancestors, put down with a few hangings or deportations to Siberia.
The arrogance that marked his candidacy from the start is about to bring him down, hard. Despite not having lived here for 25 years, he thought the Liberal Party, if not Canadians, would embrace him as the next great philosopher king.
And despite having neither connection to Etobicoke-Lakeshore nor even a party membership in good standing, he thought that the common folk would bow to him because of the mere nobility of his presence.
Whether this nomination meeting chooses Ignatieff or or this one chooses a candidate the riding association actually wants, , Ignatieff will find himself joining the ranks of the has-beens and never-weres more quickly than anyone in modern political history.