Thursday, April 01, 2010

(April Fools) I'm leaving blogging, and the Liberals

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.

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.

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Gayle said...

And Happy April Fools to you too. ;)

Greg said...

You are no April fool, Jeff. :)

sassy said...

Only after April 1st? ;)

Frunger said...

I'd congratulate you, if it wasn't Apr 1.

Proudpinko said...

And a happy April Fool's Day to you too!

Omar said...

Ah-ha ha...

You had me right up until, "..and he just couldn't get it done. He just wasn't a leader."

A good April Fools to you, good sir. :)

Mark Richard Francis said...

Excellent call!

You'll find life far better in the halls of power. No more complaining: Your life will be filled from now on with getting things done the Right way!

I too have given up on my old ways:

Screw Canada.

Dave said...

You had me for a few paragraphs... just a few.

Your hand, however, was exposed when you declared Harper, able.

Happy April Fools

penlan said...

Almost fell off my chair when reading the title, Jeff. THEN I realized it's April Fool's Day. Phew! Relief. ;)

Anthony said...

this could have been funnier

like you were joining the Green Party to be comms director for Georges Laraque

This is Cherniak circa 2007

The Mound of Sound said...

Admit it, swine, you're just using the Tories to get to Helena Guergis. Jedras you've had your leering eyes on that woman for a long time. You would sell out your mother for a night in Helena's arms. Repent sinner.

Unknown said...

Now THIS was hilarious!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy April Fools Day indeed!

cls said...

April Fool's day joke.

Backseat Blogger said...

welcome to the dark side! ;)

A Eliz. said...

Happy Fools day, Jeff

CanadianSense said...


Enjoyable post, a little over the top.

Nothing wrong with having a crush on the Stephen Harper. Many closet Liberals agree with your April Fools post.

You should have went with more subtlety and tried to catch a few in the post.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else hear the wind as the joke passed over Canadiansense's head?

Kim Leaman said...

I didn't get around to reading it until Today, April 02, It was a little hard on the nerves, But I got it eventually. Please buddy, be kind to those of us with weak hearts. Wouldn't be the same without ya!