Ignatieff brushes off frosty welcome from hockey fans
TORONTO — Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was booed Saturday night during a stopover at a hockey game in Mississauga, Ont.
Some fans watching the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors and the Niagara Icedogs at the Hershey centre were less than impressed with the Liberal leader, who came to catch a period of the game before heading to an Easter liturgy at a Coptic church.
Ignatieff said he believes sports fans who were engaged in a nail-biter of a playoff hockey game just booed a politician who showed up on the Jumbotron.
"Let's get the context right. We are in the middle of the third period in a closely contested game . . . and some darn politician pops his head up on the Jumbotron," he told reporters. "I'd boo, right? I mean you know. It's Saturday night. They want to watch hockey."
Conservative incumbent Rick Dykstra, who was at the arena Saturday cheering for the IceDogs tweeted: "They just introduced Iggy in Mississauga. Couldn't believe the chorus of boos. Ice Dogs and Majors fans united on one issue tonite (sic)."