However the criticism seems to ring a bit hollow, at least in my opinion. Frances Russell, esteemed author of some such books and usually a good read on National Newswatch, came out with this piece:
Michael Ignatieff may be one of the English-speaking world’s public intellectuals, but he has a flawed understanding of the most basic tenet of British parliamentary democracy: that parliament — not the prime minister, not the cabinet, not the governing party of the day — is supreme...You can read the rest of the article if you wish, but essentially Russell attempts to take Ignatieff to task for saying the coalition lacks legitimacy. Granted you can point to where in the text he says it is "illegitimate," but only those who cannot find the context in anything, or are writing a derisory article just for the sake of pounding one last nail in Iggy's coffin, should accept it at face value.
... In a recent interview with PostMedia’s Mark Kennedy, Ignatieff advanced a novel description of coalition government — that it cannot be composed of what he calls “a coalition of losers” but can only be formed by a “coalition of winners,” although he acknowledged that “you could put together a coalition among opposition parties that would give Canada good government.
“It came as a thunderclap, especially to me. Although I was the party’s deputy leader, I had been excluded from the secret negotiations with the other parties. What I saw was a desperate leader (Dion) clinging to power by any means, resorting to a coup de theatre to survive.
“We lost seats, we were not in good shape. The Conservatives were, what was it, ten, twelve seats short of a majority, and so I just thought a coalition was illegitimate in the sense that the public would say ‘[W]e just sent Mr. Harper back to Ottawa with more seats, what are you doing here?’”
Two political scientists disagree with Ignatieff.”Traditionally, it is Parliament, the House of Commons, who decides the formation of the government, the removal of a government, not voters directly,” the University of Manitoba’s Paul Thomas says.