Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Nixonian"

Scrum of Michael Ignatieff with reporters post-Question Period today on the subject of a remarkable disclosure by the PM in the House of Commons:
Ignatieff scrum - Newsworld closed captioning - May 27, 2009

>> The hon. Michael ignatieff: (Speaking french)
>> Question: Mr. Harper said he has tapes on you.
>> The hon. Michael ignatieff: That's the other thing. He said in the house that he had tapes on me. That is the most nixonian of mr. Harper's many remarks. Every day that goes by he's more like richard nixon. We're in the middle of the most serious economic crisis since the second world war, and the prime minister of canada is wasting his time listening to tapes of me? And then, not content with that, he says it in the house of commons so he'll intimidate me. I will not be intimidated by the prime minister. I've got a job to do which is to hold him to account. The public finances of our country are in freefall, and he's wasting time with tapes of me? It's a joke.
>> Question: Are you bringing m down now?
>> The hon. Michael ignatieff: Look, I am where I've been for six months. I am trying, god knows it's hard, to make the parliament of canada work because that's what canadians want. But on three issues it is getting more and more difficult. The first issue is E.I. We've got an E.I. Crisis to which they are not responding. The second point, the stimulus is not out the door. We are 120 days in to this, and 6% of the stimulus has got out. And, third, the public finances are in freefall, and he can't tell us where the bottom is. On these three grounds it's getting very difficult to work with the government.
>> Question: (Speaking french)
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>> Question: (Speaking french)
>> The hon. Michael ignatieff: (Speaking french) (speaking french)
>> Question: (Speaking french)
>> The hon. Michael ignatieff: (Speaking french)
>> Suhana: That was liberal leader michael ignatieff once again reiterating the call that he made in question period in the house of commons just moments ago and that is suggesting, asking, demanding, in fact, from the prime minister that he sack his finance minister jim flaherty.