Liberal hater MacDonald, in the Conservative Post no less:
Ignatieff may not be from here, but he fits in here. He has a cosmopolitan finish and easy fluency in French that enhances his public conversations. In short, he interviews well. He’s passed difficult Quebec tests, such as obligatory appearances on the popular Tout le monde en parle TV show. And as he has just demonstrated in mounting a bloodless coup for the Liberal leadership, he also has a flair for what Quebecers call the “velvet glove and the fist of steel.” His fingerprints aren’t anywhere on the glove.
In essence, a strong leader with style. Quebecers like that.
The result of the coalition crisis is that Harper doesn’t have Dion to kick around anymore. He’s now looking at a real opponent, one with a real chance of restoring the Liberals as the competitive federalist option in Quebec.
Chantal, with another column, speaking to how the Liberals are off the mat:
Michael Ignatieff is widely seen as the most Quebec-friendly leader the party has had in decades. He certainly is the least encumbered by constitutional and referendum baggage. Many Quebecers have not forgotten his proactive role in the nation debate two years ago.Decades? Oh, I like the sound of that.
It's a honeymoon, nothing has really happened, but more signals that there is a real openness to Ignatieff in Quebec. All you can ask for is opportunity, then it's a matter of what you do with it. It will be exciting to see if Ignatieff can bring the Liberals back to the true federalist option. I'd be lying if that potential wasn't a chief consideration in supporting Ignatieff, because the Liberals near exile in Quebec is a pet concern of mine. I have a cautious grin, maybe it's the rum balls.