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Michael Ignatieff is a academic, human rights activist, and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada which at least at the moment seems to be centre right. Ignatieff is internationally known for his work as a historian and author. He also held several academic positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Prior to entering politics in 2006, he also held the position of director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ignatieff confirmed in November 2005 that he intended to run for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons in the winter 2006 election. It was announced that he would seek the Liberal nomination in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Ignatieff went on to win his seat by a landside and was re-elected in 2008 by a even large margin then 2006. On May 2, 2009, Ignatieff was officially elected as the leader of the Liberal Party winning the support of 97% of delegates at the party convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. As Liberal leader he has criticized Stephen Harper for his undemocratic leadership style and hypocrisy.