Michael Grant Ignatieff, M.P. is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons. He is an author, journalist, documentary film-maker, and academic who has held positions at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard. During this time he was on the faculty at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities and worked as a film-maker and political commentator for the BBC. He was director of Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy before he returned to Canada in 2005 to take a position at the University of Toronto, and entered politics the following year.
Ignatieff was named associate critic for Human Resources and Skills Development in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet on February 22, 2006. However, he left this position after announcing on April 7, 2006 that he would stand as one of the Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidates. He was defeated but named Deputy Leader.