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Ignatieff quits as Liberal leader

May 3rd, 2011

Michael Ignatieff is quitting as the Liberal leader after his party took an electoral drubbing on Monday night.

The Liberals were reduced to 34 seats in the House of Commons down from 77 and won only 18.9 per cent of the popular vote.

Not only did Ignatieff lead the party to its worst showing in its history, but he also lost his Toronto-area seat in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Ignatieff told a news conference that he will “not remain leader of party” and “will arrange succession in due time.”

Ignatieff said he’s asked Liberal Ralph Goodale to call a caucus meeting next Wednesday in Ottawa.

Despite his party’s disastrous showing, Ignatieff said he believes the party can return as a political force. He said the Liberals were devastated in 1958 by John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservatives and returned with Lester B. Pearson’s minority governments.

Source: CBC

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