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Maybe we do need the British magazine The Economist to do what a good portion of media elites in this country often fail to do when they have infatuations with can't-miss Liberal leaders - critize them for their empty rhetoric and paucity of policy.

It was Paul Martin who was famously christened Mr. Dithers by the English periodical. The Economist has now cast its focus on Ignatieff, offering this view about the Liberal Leader:

"When Michael Ignatieff, the interim leader of Canada's Liberal Party, bounded to the stage at a packed fundraising meeting last month, the choice of musical backing was a 1970s rock hit called "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet." That was an unsubtle message from party organizers that great things are expected from Ignatieff, a former journalist and Harvard academic.

"Yet the song was also appropriate for a less flattering reason. More than five months after the Liberals, the main opposition, dumped Stephane Dion and replaced him with Ignatieff, the new leader has yet to set out where he and the party stand on many issues."

Hopefully some tough questions will be asked of Ignatieff and his "tribe", as he likes to refer to them, when they gather in Vancouver next weekend. Cheerleading is one thing and at times appropriate but you can't become Canada's next great Prime Minister without offering direction on what you intend to do to, should you be fortunate enough to govern Canada.

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