The Ignatieff 46

The Ignatieff campaign has just released a list of 46 Liberal MPs who endorse Ignatieff. They’ve each supplied a sentence or two attesting to Mr. Ignatieff’s relative awesomeness, but here, for the sake of brevity, is the list.

Scott Andrews, Larry Bagnell, Navdeep Bains, Mauril Belanger, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Gerry Byrne, John Cannis, Siobhan Coady, Denis Coderre, Bonnie Crombie, Jean-Claude D’Amours, Sukh Dhaliwal, Kirsty Duncan, Wayne Easter, Raymonde Folco, Judy Foote, Marc Garneau, Albina Guarnieri, Mark Holland, Andrew Kania, Jim Karygiannis, Dominic LeBlanc, Derek Lee, Gurbax Malhi, Keith Martin, John McCallum, David McGuinty, John McKay, Dan McTeague, Maria Minna, Rob Oliphant, Glen Pearson, Yasmin Ratansi, Geoff Regan, Pablo Rodriguez, Todd Russell, Francis Scarpaleggia, Mario Silva, Scott Simms, Michelle Simson, Judy Sgro, Paul Szabo, Alan Tonks, Frank Valeriote, Bryon Wilfert, Lise Zarac.

Including Mr. Ignatieff himself, that leaves just 30 other Liberal MPs. According to Wikipedia’s Liberal leadership page, six MPs—Hedy Fry, Lawrence MacAulay, Shawn Murphy, Mike Savage, Alexandra Mendes and Gerard Kennedy—support Bob Rae. (Note: I’m told that Kennedy endorsement isn’t certain.) That would get the total commitments to 54, leaving 23 unaccounted for. They are as follows.

Carolyn Bennett, Scott Brison, Irwin Cotler, Rodger Cuzner, Ruby Dhalla, Stephane Dion, Ujjal Dosanjh, Ken Dryden, Mark Eyking, Ralph Goodale, Martha Hall Findlay, Marlene Jennings, Peter Milliken, Brian Murphy, Joyce Murray, Anita Neville, Massimo Pacetti, Bernard Patry, Marcel Proulx, Anthony Rota, Justin Trudeau, Joe Volpe, Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Which is all to say that a lot of prominent Liberals—several of whom could be looking at cabinet positions in a Liberal or coalition cabinet—remain free agents.

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