Ms. Timson, I’m a fan of yours from way back. But I don’t understand why you and other commentators remark on the Rae/Ignatieff battle as if both men are equally responsible. The fact is that Ignatieff made a very successful life for himself as a public intellectual, professor and writer. Bob was always the politician. What prompted Ignatieff to look at Rae’s life and say, “I want that”? Most writers wouldn’t want in a million years to become politicians, but Ignatieff then suddenly returned to Canada to embark on a career in direct competition with his so-called friend. Bob Rae did not announce that he would write books or try for Iggy’s job at Harvard; it’s Ignatieff who made the aggressive and competitive move.