A new book on Ignatieff
Clearly this wasn't something discussed when Ignatieff and Brian Mulroney had a little telephone chat a few weeks back.
It's a press release from Random House, announcing Peter C. Newman, legendary author and biographer, is turning his attention to the new Liberal leader. Which probably explains why Newman was sitting prominently in the front rows at this weekend's convention.
From the press release: "I want to write about Ignatieff because he's the most interesting
political figure in Canada today, and while he has written many books himself,
including a family memoir and autobiographical novels, nobody has written a
full biography of him," Newman says. "We haven't had a political leader whose
intellect is his defining characteristic since Trudeau, and it's fascinating
to watch the ways in which a man like Ignatieff reaches out to rebuild the
party and create relationships with voters. He has a real shot at becoming our
next prime minister. If he makes it, he'll be in a position to affect this
country's destiny, and I feel it's important to have a creative look at him."
Will Ignatieff co-operate with the writing of this biography? If Ignatieff had asked Mulroney's advice about that, I'm sure this is the kind of thing he would have heard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfGx39FnlJU&NR=1
Mulroney, as you may recall, was not that pleased when Newman, once his official biographer, released a book of raw tape transcripts of their conversations.