(Scroll down for update) From a story in Sunday's Toronto Star on Michael Ignatieff, bolding is mine: When asked why, an Ignatieff spokesperson couldn't answer and said someone would call back later with a reason. Later that day, campaign director Ian Davey telephoned to say Ignatieff's mother-in-law was ill in Hungary. "He's overseas — there's an illness in the family," said Davey, adding he wouldn't contact Ignatieff about a phone interview. Later, a high-placed source said Ignatieff was definitely on vacation. Last week, however, back in Toronto, Ignatieff told the Star his mother-in-law was, in fact, not ill. "There is no health crisis," he said. "There never was. Anybody who said there was, was not authorized to say that. I never purported to say that." He apologized for the confusion.
Two weeks ago, the Star sought the views of the 11 leadership hopefuls on the Mideast, asking what they would have done differently than Harper and what, as PM, they would do now.
All commented. Only Ignatieff was unavailable.
He apologized for the confusion.
UPDATE: I guess it all depends on the meaning of the word “crisis.” I’m told that, while Michael’s mother-in-law is indeed in poor health (hey, she’s 84), she is not gravely ill or on her death bed. Which, I guess, is why Michael said there was no “health crisis.” Not well yes, but health crisis? No.
So, if you’re following at home, he was on vacation, visiting his mother-in-law who is not in as good shape as she used to be. He followed the Middle East issue, but chose not to comment not because of any health issues, but because he felt it wasn’t yet appropriate. And there are health issues, just not a health crisis, he took his vacation to visit his ageing mother-in-law.Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers