Ezra Levant asks — “Why is Count Michael Ignatieff pretending he comes from humble roots?”
Ignatieff describes his dad as an immigrant who “came off a boat in 1928 without anything” and worked his way “up the ladder one rung at a time.”
“Nothing is ever given to you, everything has to be earned.”
Ignatieff told CTV his “family lost everything in the Russian revolution. They started over again in Canada. They came here with nothing.”
But according to Ignatieff’s own book about his family, The Russian Album, that’s just not true. Ignatieff’s family weren’t regular Russians. They were high-ranking ministers in the government of the czar.
They’re aristocracy, actually — Michael Ignatieff himself is a count, a title he will pass on to his son,Theo, and so on.
The Ignatieffs fled to London in 1919, where they had £25,000 waiting for them in a bank. That’s worth more than $2 million in today’s currency.
Ah, but Ezra, you forget:
To a Liberal, a mere $2-million IS “nothing”…