Academic Politicians

November 29th, 2006, 11:36 pm PST by Greg

I don’t watch the news very often. I find that mostly, the world can get on just fine without me paying too much attention. I watched the CBC news tonight. There was a bunch of stuff about the Liberal leadership race. I noticed a trend…

Michael Ignatieff is the front runner. Ignatieff is a hardcore public academic, having worked at UBC, Oxford, LSE, and Toronto.

Stéphane Dion is the son of an academic and has had faculty positions at the Universities of Moncton and Montreal. A less impressive CV, but nothing to turn one’s nose up at.

Bob Rae is the least academic of the bunch. He was merely a Rhodes Scholar. Rae and Ignatieff both studied under Isaiah Berlin—seems like there might be some kind of conspiracy in there.

But, they were all in political science or public policy. As a computer scientist, I’d probably have to settle for being a lousy Premier or something.

Even our “populist” leader, Stephen Harper, has an MA in Economics.

2 Responses to “Academic Politicians”

  1. Kat Says:

    Let’s just concentrate on getting you an upper-administration position at the University first… yes… then I can stay home… yes…

  2. Eugene Says:

    The problem is you’re too blunt for Canadian politics. If someone’s being a jackass, you call ’em on it. That seems to be a faux pas in the political world.