Unlike other eastern Liberals, he has a humble side...
Ignatieff seemed to be doing a better job at defending the province's economic interests than even Premier Ed Stelmach at times...
For a guy who only made a windshield tour of Fort McMurray last summer and lived out of the country for most of his life, he's a quick read.
He certainly appears to have a better handle on things in Alberta than Canada's automaker prime minister, Stephen Harper.
Or maybe even Ed Stelmach. Then again, Iggy's probably just another cynical Liberal politician just saying the things he wants us to hear.
I've argued before, that Ignatieff's pledge to take any revenue from polluters and put the money back into the jurisdiction in question, effectively neuters the "money grab" argument, and will make an environmental plan more palatable. Waugh recognizes the distinction:
It sounds like the same kind of deal Stelmach has called a "wealth transfer" to other provinces and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe has described as a cash cow for Quebec.
Once a Liberal, always a Liberal - until Ignatieff puts flesh on the bones of his idea.
"Albertans are rightly sensitive of any measure that appears to be an extraction device from politicians down east," he said.
Dion's Green Shift carbon tax grab didn't exactly win many friends.
"Clearly you want to recycle the revenue you get from cap and trade to incentivize green technology investment in Alberta," he added.
Sounds a lot like the Alberta government's cap-and-trade program where the cash goes into a technology fund.
"We will be watching to make sure they don't hurt Alberta," Ignatieff vowed about the federal Conservatives' carbon cap and trade dreams.
Because, unlike the happy face that Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans was wearing last week when she announced her temporary deficit - until the oilsands industry hopefully comes roaring back next year - Ignatieff appears to have a much firmer grasp on things than the homegrown politicians.
Imagine the spectacle, a Liberal leader from Toronto having a "firmer grasp on things" than Ed Stelmach and Stephen Harper. Even when Waugh suggests cynicism, he offers a question, as though he's half convinced Ignatieff is sincere. I've seen it all now.