Monday, March 28, 2011

Divider or unifier?

Another contrast taking root between Harper and Ignatieff in the campaign was on display today.

Here's Ignatieff:
“The word ethnic vote, spare us,” Mr. Ignatieff said at a press conference Monday at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto. “I don’t think it treats people with respect; these are Canadians. I’m going to everybody out there and saying a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian ... come into the Big Red Tent.”
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He said he wasn’t going to Mississauga Monday night to talk to the “ethnic vote” – “I’m going to talk to Canadians.”

Later, he addressed the issue in more detail, arguing that he doesn’t want to divide Canadians that way. He talked about his Russian roots and how proud he is of them. He said a Sikh is a Canadian, as is a Tamil.
Here's Harper:
The official was referring to Mr. Harper's speech Monday, in which he said: "Friends, I know you're here for one thing. You're here for Canada. People who live here, people who live in Brampton, in Mississauga, and Etobicoke. You people have come to this country from the world over because you believe in this country."
The report seems to be taking off at the Globe tonight judging by the number of comments.