COMPTON, Que. - Michael Ignatieff's longshot quest for Liberal seats
in rural and northern Quebec is taking a hit as he fends off the
alleged racist associations of a party candidate.


speaking to reporters in Compton in Quebec's eastern townships - says
he's shocked by old comments attributed to Liberal candidate Andre Forbes in northern Manicouagan.


Ignatieff says he's launched an investigation and if the reports on Forbes's past are true, he'll take “decisive action this very day.”


The NDP revealed that Forbes
was a founder of group called the Association for the Rights of Whites,
and is on record having made derogatory remarks about natives, Muslims
and gays.


The issue is stepping all over Ignatieffs's main
message to Quebec voters - that they must vote Liberal to end the
divisive rule of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.