It seems that folks in Ignatieff's riding are waking up to the fact that, while he might just be visiting Canada, it isn't his constituency that he's visiting!
According to reports, Iggy actually lives in the toney Yorkville area of downtown Toronto, a mid-town enclave of high class shops (think YSL, Givenchy, etc.), the cafe-latte crowd, expensive restaurants, high-rise condos, the museum and art gallery, universities, theatres, and, of course, "the" address for Toronto's intelligencia to strut, shop, communicate and dine. Just your ordinary Canadian's address and lifestyle.
His riding, Etobicoke—Lakeshore, is on the western edge of Toronto, right next to Mississauga which is generally considered the beginning of the dreaded suburbs. It has a couple of highways running through it, railway tracks and, of course, at least a couple of older malls. In other words, not the usual type of destination for a "common man" Liberal seeking a delectable ambience of French haute cuisine. No, the closest to that is probably a newly-decorated Tim's ... quantities of which are in abundance within the borders of Etobicoke—Lakeshore riding.
So what's up? How come it took the grimy electorate in Etobicoke—Lakeshore so long to cotton on to Iggy's absence?
Well, it all goes back to 2008 when Iggy swore up and down, as he had before, that he would find a place to live in the riding. To truly represent his constituent and be more like the sweating masses he represented. With an area of 44 sq km, and a population of 115,641 (86,386 eligible voters), how hard could that be?
It has been very difficult for Iggy. And, since everyone believed him when he restated a prior commitment in 2008, it's only now that some people have begun wondering where Iggy's house is in the riding. Nowhere, apparently. After all, it was only a Liberal promise.
Comparing notes, some folks in the riding have also come to the conclusion that they haven't seen Iggy at all in Etobicoke—Lakeshore since 2008. Including this election. Obviously they aren't looking in the right place! It's spelled "Y-O-R-K-V-I-L-L-E", folks.
Ignatieff. Not in Parliament. Not in Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Not a Canadian. Apparently, just visiting, as the advertisements say.