SEAN MALLEN: A lot of people talk about your most impressive resume in the U.K. and in the United States. You’ve been a close observer of politics in both those countries. I wonder if you think if a person in your kind of situation, that is someone who spent so much time out of the country, could be able to make a serious run at either the White House or 10 Downing Street?
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF: That’s a weird kind of hypothetical. No look, think about it this way. There are something like a million, a million and a half Canadians, living outside the country, making us proud. Think of Celine Dion, think of Louise Arbour. I’m one of them, one of those Canadians who went overseas. I think did well, wants to come back because this is the only home we’ll ever have, this is our country. This is the only place you can be a citizen.
SEAN MALLEN: And you want to become prime minister.
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF: And we want to do some public service. And it seems to me that Canadians are attracted to that. They welcome that. They think that’s a good idea. They want to make sure that you can connect to, you can understand, you can grasp how tough it is to be a working man and woman here. Sometimes life is tough here. They want to have a sense that there’s someone here who understands, respects, stands with you in your struggles. That’s what they care about. Believe me, I think I’m that kind of person. And I think they also think that being outside the country gives you an advantage, gives you a sense of how important this country is in the world, gives you a sense of how to lead this country in the world. I mean what I get from my vote, from my people in my riding in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, is a sense that Canada is in the world. They want a leader who understands Canada’s place in the world. They don’t want to take Canada out of the world, they want to have Canada be a leader in the world. And that I think, is one of the reasons why they’re drawn to my candidacy.