Ignatieff touts bird that hides feces as party icon

Aug 30, 2007 03:48 PM
Canadian press
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. The beaver is one of Canada's national symbols and now a senior Liberal wants to make the puffin the symbol of the country's self-proclaimed natural governing party.
Liberal deputy leader Michael Ignatieff says the industrious little seabird with its black and white plumage, distinctive striped beak and orange feet is a "noble" creature that exemplifies Liberal values.
"It's a noble bird because it has good family values. They stay together for 30 years," Ignatieff said Thursday outside a Liberal caucus retreat in the Newfoundland capital.
"They lay one egg (each year). They put their excrement in one place. They hide their excrement. ... They flap their wings very hard and they work like hell.
"This seems to me a symbol for what our party should be."
Ignatieff was charmed by the birds during what was supposed to be a whale-watching tour for Liberal caucus members Tuesday. The MPs and senators saw no whales but did get a close up view of a colony of puffins nesting on a rocky offshore island.

A nutty loon would be my choice. Keep trying though Mike.
I think that he's actually on to something here!
lone wolf
Lesee... We have a puffin ... and a stutting jay and a seagull - all out to spend our loonies.... Maybe we can change that place's name from Parliament to the Bird House....

It would be the best place to use the Ottowa Citizen...on the floor, lol...

And he wonders why he didn't win the leadership?

It only makes good sence.....

And they admire the bird as they should......if Liberals could only hide their excrement, they would probably still be in power!

I would look at it more as an omen of their future "platform" or "policy" (or whatever they call that sh*t).
Wow, 17 hours after the CP posted it and over 24 hours since it was first posted here but at least the CBC is trying (even though they edited the headline to remove 'feces'). The comments from readers on CBC's site are good though. People really respect liberals. Really.



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