Ignatieff attacks Tories on range of issues in Waterloo stop
September 20, 2009
By Chuck Howitt, Record staff
WATERLOO — The Liberal Party abandoned its support for the Conservatives in the House of Commons because of the Tories’ terrible record on a whole slew of issues, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said Saturday.
During a visit to Wilf’s campus pub at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ignatieff attacked the Liberals on a broad range of issues, including the rising deficit, high unemployment, its response to the H1N1 flu epidemic and its failure to fix the problem over medical isotopes.
Amid chants of “Michael, Michael,” Ignatieff took particular issue with Tory ads questioning his years of living and working in Britain and the U.S. Almost 20 per cent of Canadians were born elsewhere in the world, he said, and two million Canadians are currently working in other countries.
“I want a country where everyone sets their sights on going overseas at some point in their lives,” he said.
On the federal deficit, the Tories started with a balanced budget, which suddenly ballooned to $32 billion, then $50 billion, and now they’re saying it might to $55 billion, said Ignatieff, who spoke for about 20 minutes.
“It could be $60 billion by Christmas,” he added.
During a scrum with reporters afterwards, Ignatieff assailed the Tories for ignoring the pleas of Waterloo’s Research In Motion and allowing the sale of Nortel Networks’ wireless assets to Ericsson of Sweden
“They (Conservatives) are just walking by the Nortel sale. They haven’t stood up for the Canadian intellectual property that keeps Kitchener-Waterloo humming.”
More on Ignatieff’s visit in Monday’s Waterloo Region Record.
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