This may seem like a sudden decision, but really it's something and I've been wrestling with for a long time and, to regular readers of my blog, the tension has always likely been just below the surface. But after four-and-a-half years of blogging, and nearly 16 years since I first joined the Liberal Party of Canada, I have decided today end this blog and cancel my Liberal membership.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
I've probably been heading to this moment since just after I began blogging, during the 2005/06 election. The Liberal Party after the years of Chretien/Martin warfare had lost its way, it wasn't the party I remembered. Following the soldiers in our streets ad, I nearly walked away right then. They did loose my vote that election.
But then came the selection of Stephane Dion as the new Liberal leader, and my faith in Liberalism was renewed once more. Alas, the party failed to rally around him, and he just couldn't get it done. He just wasn't a leader.
With not many palatable choices on the menu last time I decided to give Michael Ignatieff a chance. Despite my early optimism though, he has disappointed. His decisions not to force elections Canadians don't want was disappointing. His grand idea to hold a conference of "thinkers" to ask "experts" what they think about "problems" instead of just offering voodoo economics and empty platitudes shows just how out of touch he is with the Tim Horton's crowd. It's increasingly clear to me that Michael is just in it for himself.
I've been increasingly impressed with the leadership of Stephen Harper. I was skeptical at first, but he has proven himself to be an able and competent manager and an astute political strategist in touch with the needs and concerns of real Canadians. He has made Canada once more the true north, strong and free.
Accordingly, I will be moving to Ottawa today and have accepted a position as director of communications in the office of the Minister of State for the Status of Women. Apparently they've had a few job openings in the office lately and were very happy to get my resume, hiring me over the phone this morning, April 1st.
I know Helena Guergis has been taking a lot of flack lately. But I can say without reservation that these shortsighted and futile attempts by opponents to disrespect MP Guergis in order to advance their own political careers only reaffirms the reason that voters placed their confidence in her the last election. Are Helena and Rahim Jaffer a power couple--I don't know. Smart, hard working, accomplished--you bet!
I've enjoyed writing this blog and the interactions with you, my readers. If you're ever up in Ottawa after April 1st, look me up.
Yours in Conservatism,
UPDATE: As many of you have figured-out in the now posted comments, this indeed an April Fool's post. I'm not actually going to work for Helena Guergis.
I'm actually replacing John Williamson in the PMO.
OK, not really. Happy April 1st to all. Enjoy a sunny long weekend.Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers