Ignatieff probably meant well, drawing the comparison between the puffin and the Liberal Party, but his illustrations are wanting:
"Ignatieff Champions Bird That Hides Its Excrement As Symbol Of Liberal Party" (great title)
"It's a noble bird because it has good family values. They stay together for 30 years," Ignatieff said Thursday outside a Liberal caucus retreat in the Newfoundland capital.
"They lay one egg (each year). They put their excrement in one place. They hide their excrement. ... They flap their wings very hard and they work like hell.
"This seems to me a symbol for what our party should be."
Ignatieff was charmed by the birds during what was supposed to be a whale-watching tour for Liberal caucus members Tuesday.
Liberals are paper trained, Liberals hide their poop in the closet. I'm not so sure that is "a symbol for what our party should be", but the imagery is striking.