"You know, most Canadians, if they don't show up for work, they don't get a promotion. You missed 70 per cent of the votes" - Jack Layton to Michael Ignatieff in English Debate, April 12, 2011
Ignatieff didn't know what to say. He was like a deer caught in the headlights. This was the wake up call for people that have heeded Liberal calls in the past to support them. They could relate to "not showing up to work." Add to this that he voted with Stephen Harper over 100 times and the door for the NDP was opened wide.
The Liberals have a good beef with Conservatives, who painted a picture of Ignatieff that even the most partisan voter would have to agree was unfair and one of the most successful smear campaigns this country has seen by a political party. The only thing the Conservatives havn't done to Ignatieff is associate him with Paul Bernardo, didn't he go to the University of Toronto and wasn't Ignatieff a Professor who lives in Toronto?
The Liberals failed to respond. They let the Conservative party with its rich slime machine work without a response. Add to that Ignatieff did miss so many votes, leads many people to ask, If Parliament is so important, which it must be because that Parliament found Harper in contempt, why did you feel it wasn't important to be in Parliament to vote.
I don't think I have ever seen a campaign run so badly, by a Liberal party in recent memory.