Iggy's Winter Tour announcement today is simply brilliant. As CalgaryGrit pointed out, the entire campaign, asking Canadians whether they're better off under 5 years of Stephen Harper, is tailored not to a necessarily pan-Canadian base, but to individual voters who are still struggling despite how much Harper has tooted his own horn in the past while.
Will this give Ignatieff much-needed momentum? Well, possibly, but maybe not probably. While I believe it will certainly prove something to Canadians and pundits, it may not help Iggy's image problem. However if the themes of this mini-campaign can be fleshed out, if we can get some energy going in the 20 ridings he's visiting - the list below - then his job will be done. All Ignatieff really needs to prove is that the Liberals have a campaign theme that will gain them some traction, and that Iggy himself can make it work, despite his rather sad popularity/unpopularity numbers.
Anyways, here's Iggy itinerary - I'll be at the Hamilton event, so if you're around, look me up.