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Ignatieff faces critics at nomination meeting
Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal star candidate who has come under fire for his comments about Ukrainians, faced a number of rowdy critics Wednesday night at his Toronto riding's nomination meeting.

A number of protesters booed and interrupted the Harvard professor as he spoke two days after he was acclaimed in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Half the people in the room walked out yelling "shame."

Some members of the local riding association have cried foul over an attempt by the Liberal party to parachute a so-called "star candidate" into the riding.

They've also charged that Ignatieff has made disparaging comments about Ukrainians in his book Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism, an explosive allegation in a riding where people of Ukrainian descent make up a significant number of voters.

"Isn't nationalism just an exercise in kitsch...?" Ignatieff writes in the book. "Ukrainians now have a state, but are they really a nation?"

But Ignatieff, 58, said the passages have been taken out of context. Source.

December 1, 2005