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Michael Ignatieff’s main challenge is to reestablish the Liberal Party as a truly national party by increasing its support in western Canada. In a highly regionalized country like Canada, a party that aspires to form a government should have a reasonable level of support in every major region of the country. Increasing Liberal support in western Canada is especially important in light of the current economic power of the region and the prospect that the west’s economic clout will continue to grow in the future.

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