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Monday, November 28, 2005

Liberals picketing Libranos

There went the perogy vote;

Liberal Party brass are under fire from rank-and-file Grits and Ukrainian-Canadians, who accuse them of rigging the nomination process to crown a preferred star candidate in a west Toronto riding.

Outraged Liberals protested outside the Toronto party headquarters yesterday over a "flawed" process in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding.

They claim the party is plotting to sideline local candidates to "parachute" in Michael Ignatieff, a high-profile Harvard academic and writer.

But the raging controversy doesn't end there. Members of the riding's sizable Ukrainian-Canadian community are also outraged that Ignatieff, who they label a "virulent Ukrainophobe," is even in the running.


Check out the comments to this Ignatieff response in the Globe.

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But he's got a hammerlock on the Czarist and Stalinist votes.

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-11-28 5:02:56 PM

Wait a minute, I thought the Liberals were in favour of multiculturalism. Or perhaps that only extends to organized criminal cultures and other such cultures that should be arguably be restricted to the petri dish, where we can pour toxic chemicals on them when they get out of hand.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2005-11-28 5:15:24 PM

Did any of these outraged Liberals get outraged any other time the Libs parachuted a candidate into a riding? Somehow, I don't think so.

Posted by: Kathryn | 2005-11-28 5:15:32 PM

Ingatieff is already talking like a Librano....Deny..Deny..Deny!

Posted by: Al W | 2005-11-28 6:36:02 PM

I finally understand. When Paul Martin said he was going to take care of the Democratic Deficit, he very, very, very, fundamentally meant....in the other parties, but not his.

Posted by: witzke | 2005-11-28 7:32:48 PM

I think that Mr Grod carries alot of weight amoungst the Ukr-Can community: he was a national director of the the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and led the Canadian contingent monitoring the Ukrainian election last year. He is young, from TO, and has some very good political and business connections; I think that this Ignatieff move will back-fire on the Libranos.

Posted by: bushman | 2005-11-28 7:37:15 PM

Since the overwheming majority of Ukrainian-Canadians live in Alberta (like I used to) seems to me like it is pretty safe to treat them with contempt - typically Liberal.

Posted by: MSYB | 2005-11-28 8:36:20 PM

when Paul Martin said yes to eliminating the "democratic deficit" I don't think he heard the second word...

Posted by: Warwick | 2005-11-28 8:49:44 PM

While I would never claim the wisdom of Sun Tzu, MSYB, it does seem to me that pissing off a significant subset of the electorate in, as you point out, the Goose That Laid The Golden Egg province of the confederation, is strategically less than optimal, in the long run.

Otherwise, Canada may soon be in need of a new goose.

Posted by: Vitruvius | 2005-11-28 9:04:50 PM

Warwick: he managed to cut back on fiscal deficits by cutting spending. Maybe he'll try to solve this democratic deficit by cutting back on Liberal votes. hey, it just might work!

Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-28 9:05:26 PM

How is Ignatief supposed to represent a riding where there is a substantial population of certain ethnic residents whom he "holds in disdain?" The plot thickens.

Posted by: Michael Dabioch | 2005-11-28 9:05:51 PM

Gareth Jones "off-limits" walking-tour of the Soviet Ukraine, 1933: Famine-genocide in the Soviet Ukraine.
Ignatieff is descended from the Tsarist Russia nobility. >>>>

In October 1932, there were increasing rumours within informed London circles and other circumstantial evidence which Gareth had gleamed from recently acquired copies of Izvestia of an impending famine about to befall the Soviet Union As a result he wrote two newspaper articles to highlight the crisis, before seeing for himself in the following year..

Early in 1933, Gareth made an extensive tour of Europe. In February one month after Adolf Hitler had been made Chancellor of Germany (and just 3 days before the burning of the Reichstag), he was the first foreign journalist to fly with the newly elected dictator to a rally in Frankfurt-am-Main.

The following month in March 1933, after an 'off-limits' walking tour of the Soviet Ukraine, the young man of 27 years, exposed to the world the terrible famine-genocide that had befallen the Soviet Union and gave reasons for this tragic state of events. It was in the same week that Malcolm Muggeridge had written three unsigned articles in the Manchester Guardian that the USSR was suffering a great tragedy resulting from the Five-Year Plan. Gareth’s story broke world-wide with much credence (by virtue of his position with Lloyd George) from a Berlin press interview on the 29th March 1933, syndicated by H. R Knickerbocker..

Even though he spoke the truth, he was publicly rebutted as a liar by several Moscow resident Western journalists, including The New York Times' 1932 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Walter Duranty. In 1937, Eugene Lyons, a Moscow based correspondent, who repudiated Gareth four years earlier, was apologetic for his actions in his book Assignment in Utopia:

"Throwing down Jones was as unpleasant a chore as fell to any of us in years of juggling facts to please dictatorial regimes—but throw him down we did, unanimously and in almost identical formulas of equivocation. Poor Gareth Jones must have been the most surprised human being alive when the facts he so painstakingly garnered from our mouths were snowed under by our denials."

After Gareth’s final visit in 1933, he was banned from the Soviet Union. In a letter to a friend Gareth wrote:

“Alas! You will be very amused to hear that the inoffensive little 'Joneski' has achieved the dignity of being a marked man on the black list of the O.G.P.U. and is barred from entering the Soviet Union. I hear that there is a long list of crimes which I have committed under my name in the secret police file in Moscow and funnily enough espionage is said to be among them… As a matter of fact Litvinoff [Soviet Foreign Minister] sent a special cable from Moscow to the Soviet Embassy in London to tell them to make the strongest of complaints to Mr. Lloyd George about me.” >>

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-28 9:28:56 PM


To be Replaced by Mikhail Ignatieff, aka Dr. Michael Ignatieff.

Welcome to the Librano$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ World , Jean.
Memo to Jean from Prime Minister Martin:
Jean, donna worry: You and Alfonso are stilla members of da Privy Council; but, sit in the back of the bus/privy, please. Thanks,my dear. Let's keep in touch. Signed, Paul AdScam Martin.

Jean's letter to her former constituents as shown on hers website>>>>>>

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Dear Friends,

This website is part of my efforts to communicate with you, the residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, as your Member of Parliament. This is supported by the regular reports you receive from me by regular mail informing you about what is happening in our local community and in Ottawa -- and about how your local Etobicoke-Lakeshore constituency office can assist you. More importantly, this website allows me to provide you current and detailed information much quicker than printed material.

As always, I welcome your input and encourage you to contact me with your comments, questions, or suggestions.

Let's keep in touch.

Hon. Jean Augustine


Member Privy Council :

The Honourable
Jean Augustine May 26, 2002

The Honourable
Alfonso Gagliano September 15, 1994

Privy Council: Current Members

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-29 6:54:11 AM


I for one was very outraged at the parachuting in of Libranos in BC during the last election, the worst of which was the scuzy NDP ex-premier.

The reason you didn't hear from me and others who share my views, and my heritage? Ask the media outlets.

Better still, stop relying on the msm for your information and do some investigating, and thinking, of your own.

Posted by: PM | 2005-11-29 8:46:13 AM

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