OTTAWA — The exodus continues from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff's inner circle.
Two more aides confirmed late Friday they're leaving the leader's office, a week after Ignatieff turfed his chief of staff, Ian Davey.
Mark Sakamoto and Alexis Levine, both directors of political operations, are returning to the private sector. Both insist they're leaving voluntarily.
"I won't be returning to Ottawa as my two-month old baby and lovely wife are in Toronto and I need to focus on them," Sakamoto said in an email missive.
"Of course, I remain a staunch supporter of Mr. Ignatieff and wish him and the team the best."
Sakamoto was inadvertently involved in controversy this week when he was interviewed by the CBC as he, his wife and their infant baby stood in line awaiting vaccination against H1N1 flu. He criticized the disorganized inoculation campaign without identifying himself as an aide to Ignatieff.
Sakamoto's comments were broadcast on CBC's The National but were pulled as soon as a producer recognized him as a Liberal strategist. Some Conservative bloggers nevertheless claimed the incident proved the public broadcaster's Liberal bias.
How much life support does Ignatieff have left in him before he must finally go ?
Knowing history I would imagine he has a minimum one election to prove himself or he would make history, but how much can he handle and is time on his side with the delay of a potential election..