Wednesday, November 30, 2005

White Russian, Red Liberal, Redder Ukrainians

Michael Ignatieff's disdain for the Ukrainian people may well ensure that the scion of old Russian nobility does not become the crown prince of the Liberal Party.

Canadians of Ukrainian descent have long memories, passed down through the generations, of Russian contempt for their people, from the days of the Romanovs in whose court the counts Ignatieff served, through to Stalin's genocidal famine, and they won't let anyone forget. Just mention the famine at a Ukrainian club and watch the tempers flare. My brother-in-law gets the same way, and he's only half-Ukrainian.

Lubomyr Luciuk's editorial in the Ottawa Citizen shows just how sensitive a nerve the Ignatieff candidacy has struck because of the Liberals' insensitivity to those "ethnics" whose votes they've taken for granted.

That's the last time they make that mistake in Etobichuk-Lakeshore.


Scythian Princess said...

What really rubs salt in the wounds is the utter contempt for democracy.

How ironic that exactly a year ago, the two shut-out nominees and many of the riding association executive were finalizing their travel arrangements to Ukraine where they served as election observers.

Canadians can only hope people in emerging democracies are not watching our election campaign, and laughing.

On the other hand, with any luck, maybe Ukraine will return the favour and send observers here.

The way the Libranos operate, we really could use some.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Scythian Princess in that people seem to be ignoring the equally serious issue of how the Liberal party has foisted its choice of candidate upon the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding and excluded all others.
-- Roman