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Canada’s Poet Populist?

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Writer Michael Ignatieff is no stranger to politics, but this spring he has been asserting his position as leader of Canada’s Labor Party. As Canada nears elections either this fall or next spring, Ignatieff looks like a strong possiblity to become their next Prime Minister.

With President Obama having authored three best-selling books–and Ignatieff having led an even more writerly career (in output, if not best-sellers), what does it mean that two leaders of North American countries are such accomplished writers?

Is it mere coincidence? A demonstration of sophistry? Or are we demanding more articulate and visionary leaders?

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