Saturday, February 28, 2009

Media Release from the Ardvark Campaign.

Media Release: An Important announcement from the Ardvark Leadership Campaign.


February 28th, 2009

1400 hrs EST


With the deadline to file the necessary paperwork with Liberal Party HQ for entry into the upcoming leadership contest now passed; I must regretfully inform all of my supporters from across this great country of ours that I have dropped out of the race for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. While my paperwork was in order, I was not able to raise sufficient funds* to pay the party's oppressive $90,000 dollar entry fee to have my name included on the leadership ballot in Vancouver.

With my dropping out of the race and with no other Liberals with stones big enough to challenge the arrogance of the back room Ignatieff boys, if not just for the sake of democracy, fair play, transparency and party unity, it is a done deal and the coup has truly succeeded.

Micheal Ignatieff has managed to weasel his way into the leadership of the party without the due process of having a proper leadership campaign and convention. The grassroots have been purposely excluded from this decision by the party elite out of fear that Ignatieff will once again fail to make the grade among card carrying Liberals, and so the 'deciders' of the party have chosen amongst themselves what is best for us; democracy and fair play be damned.

It is a sad day today not only because my dream for the leadership has died, but because the take over of the party from the inside has been so complete and thorough that only a conservative blogger thought enough of the card carrying members of the Liberal Party to at least make an attempt to challenge what has happened.

My gratitude and thanks to everyone who helped out during the campaign to tilt at the back room dragons who have hijacked the party. It was an uphill battle from the beginning and all of your hard work and support has been very much appreciated.

Thank you all.


* I came up $89,990 short for the entrance fee.
Note to Elections Canada: I will be returning the $10 donation as soon as possible, thanks Grandma!
So please EC, I do not want to see CBC cameras outside of my office an hour before you arrive to seize my books.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Clean Slate

A vote for Michael Ignatieff is a vote for the continued divisions within the Liberal Party of Canada.

Do we really need a continuation of the Martin and Chretien feuds that have divided the party for the last decade? Delegates please ask yourself if that is what is best for a party that not only HAS to do well in the next election, but also has to unite us all towards the goal of returning the natural governing party to power in Canada. I know it is unpopular to admit, but these divisions have gone on for far too long and they are too big to ignore.

Ignatieff's ties run very deep within the party elite and anyone paying attention can see the obvious ties to certain factions within the party. These ties are so deep that this group of party insiders through back room deals managed to thwart the democratic process and long held party traditions by having a leadership candidate to be named as interim leader.

This is the very first time in history that this has happened, and it did not happen by accident.

We do not need more division within the party or the country and it is time to put all of these old fights behind us. The only way to do this is not by voting for the chosen inside man with close links to those past fights, but to vote for the leadership candidate who can honestly claim that he has no ties to either the Chretien or Martin factions that continue to divide our party.

Vote for the clean slate.
Vote for the Ardvark
Vancouver 2009!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


A tourist in Canada

and this Canadian making a quick stop in NYC at Times Square while on business.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Our Mayor is an idiot.

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel has asked the city's legal department to investigate whether or not it is possible for the City of Edmonton to pass a law banning knives capable of killing.

What knife is NOT capable of killing Your Worship?

Not sure? How about all of them; but don't ask me when you can over pay the lawyers in the city's legal department with my tax dollars.

I am off to Walmart this morning to get a new set of steak knives, a keychain jack knife, a Leatherman tool, a couple of butter knives, and so not to cause an international incident with the Swiss, I plan on picking up one of their army knives.

My apologies for the many typos this morning.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A little word association game for a Sunday

Liberal Party.





Michael Ignatieff.

Small town cheap.


Ht Joanne.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jack Layton can't meet with Obama; attempts to have him arrested.

Breaking News from Ottawa.

Disgruntled because he will not be allowed to meet with US President Barack Obama today during his short visit to Canada; Jack Layton files a complaint with the RCMP to have Obama arrested for plagiarism.

Update: RCMP laughs in Layton's face.

Coming soon. Another AWM exclusive report: We are currently working on a story highlighting the hypocrisy of the left. It is regarding how the NDP along with all other left wing and environmentalist groups are totally ignoring the massive amount of CO2 emissions that are the direct result of this 5 hours visit only because of their excitement that The One is visiting Canada. The left didn't seem to like this kind of thing before.

Airforce 1, the motorcade, and that C-17 Globmaster that delivered and will returning those vehicles do not fill their gas tanks with hope and change just because Obama is President.
FYI the fuel capacity of the C-17 = 134,556 Litres.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Michael, why all the concern about 5 minutes?

Micheal, why all the concern about 5 minutes when 27 years did not seem to bother you?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Leadership campaign update: My green campaign.

While I cannot be 100% sure on this, I believe that my campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada has been the greenest one in at least the last 50 years.

My staff and I are doing our best to lead by example and this is why I have chosen not to use any airplanes during my campaign so far; I thought about getting a bus and traveling across the country, but that has already been done and lets face it, driving around in a giant diesel powered bus is not the best way of going green despite what David Suzuki would have you believe.

While being totally green would be all but impossible in this day and age, I promise to continue to do my best to limit my carbon footprint in my battle against Iggy and the insiders.

Remember delegates; some like to talk the talk but with the Ardvark you get action!

Monday, February 16, 2009

An Urgent Message for Michael Ignatieff. Feb 16th, 2009

Michael before you head out of Stornaway today with your fake beard and top hat on, please take note that in Canada we do not celebrate Presidents' Day as you did while you were living in the USA. I would hate to see you make a fool out of yourself again this year.

Enjoy the Day.


I got $50 that says that Michael would not be able to name the Canadian Provinces which observe today as a holiday.*

*That is before his advisors fill him in on our quaint Canadian traditions. FYI Michael: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba observe today as a holiday.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Things not to do

Here are a few things not to do:

Do not take driving lessons from Stephane Dion.

Do not take any stock tips or economic advice from Michael Ignatieff.

But most of all, do not believe for a minute that the last 2 leaders of the Liberal Party of Canada can relate to the average Canadian or claim to understand and represent them.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Liberal Blogger Endorses the Ardvark for Liberal Leader.

If you want to run as a delegate you had to join the Party before 5 p.m. local time yesterday. With that deadline past I decided to provide my endorsement for the next leader of the Liberal Party. There isn’t much of a choice, ha ha, but here’s is my endorsement:

I endorse Alberta Ardvark for leader.

“He sucks but he has given as much to the Party as King Iggy, and he’s against torture.” - 1 Anxious Liberal

Take some time and read his stuff for a take on just how some of the grassroots of the Liberal party feel about Ignatieff's coup and how the members have been shut out by the party elite.

Anxious was also the one who first revealed to the blogging world that Michael did not donate any money to his own party in 2008 and triggered Ignatieff's war room guy into attack mode. He went after the wrong people of course by comparing leadership candidates with ordinary private citizens, but how much can you expect from an unpaid volunteer.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ignatieff and the Gretzky Factor.

"We didn't get it done." Michael Ignatieff at the Liberal Leadership convention December 2006.

In 1978 Wayne Gretzky began his professional hockey career by signing with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA. Less than a year later he would be signed to play for the Edmonton Oilers where over the next 10 years he would lead the team to 4 Stanley Cup championship wins breaking numerous records along the way before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988; a day sports fans in Edmonton and Canada have etched into their minds. In LA Gretzky picked up where he had left off by continuing to dominate the game and by taking his team through the 1993 playoffs where in one of the most memorable 7 game conference finals in NHL history, the Kings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs earning their way into the league finals eventually losing out to the Montreal Canadiens; the last time a Canadian team won the cup. Gretzky would go on to play in the NHL until his retirement on April 18, 1999, at which time he held forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records. He is the only NHL player ever to total more than 200 points in a single season, a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 15 NHL seasons, 13 of them consecutively. Gretzky's #99 has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League. He is one of only two athletes to have earned this honor from a major professional sport.

In 1978 Michael Ignatieff left his privileged life in Canada and moved to the United Kingdom where he lived and worked for 22 years until moving to the United States in 2000 where he would reside until 2005 when he decided that after a 27 year absence he would return to Canada with the goal of eventually becoming our prime minister. The 27 years that Michael Ignatieff was out of the country was 6 years longer than Wayne Gretzky's entire playing career and during that time I doubt that Michael Ignatieff ever watched Gretzky play the game, either in person at a game or even on "the telly".

And why is Gretzky so important? Well to be honest he isn't. Hockey is not the most important thing in the world, and missing out on watching the career of the greatest hockey player in the world is not the ultimate sin, but it does demonstrate in a small way just how much of our everyday history and lives Ignatieff did miss during his decades long absence from the country. Call it the Gretzky Factor if you like.

During his long period of absence from Canada Michael Ignatieff not only missed out on the events of those 27 years, but more importantly he missed out on the experiences and feelings that one can only gather by being present and living through these events of our day to day lives. He was not here, nor was he a part of the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the tragedies, and the seeing of both the good and the bad of Canada and Canadians which has helped shape our country and ourselves over the last 30 years.

Ignatieff was absent for 27 years of our collective Canadian history. 27 years!

While it is true that if he was interested in what was happening in Canada that Ignatieff could have learned about many of these things by reading the newspapers or watching the television from afar, but that does not even come close to or compare to having experienced it first hand by being here and living through it. I have been reading about what has been going on in Iraq for years now, but it would be terribly arrogant of me to assume that I know what is really going on there or what the citizens of the Iraq are thinking or feeling, and it would be even more arrogant for me to assume that I could go there and be their leader.

An abbreviated list of just a few of the things that happened in those 27 years and during which
Michael Ignatieff was absent from Canada:

for the shooting at École Polytechnique in Montreal, the crimes of Robert Pickton, Clifford Olsen, Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka.

during the tainted blood scandal.

when all of the disagreements and constitutional battles that have shaped our country were fought including when our constitution was repatriated, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms adopted, and during the fight over the Meech Lake Accord.

during the creation of Nunavut.

when the Free Trade agreement was passed.

during the Quebec referendums in both 1980 and 1995.

during First Gulf War.

when "Oh Canada" became our official national anthem.

for the softwood lumber dispute.

for the tenure of Brian Mulroney,Kim Campbell, John Turner, Jean Chretien, and he missed out on seeing firsthand what his former roommate Bob Rae did while he was the Premier of Ontario, as well as what happened in the politics of all of the Provinces from 1978-2005!

for Terry Fox's incredible and inspiring run.

during the Oka crisis, the Ipperwash incident, the Air India disaster.....

for 27 years of sports, music and culture that took place in this country.

when the GST was introduced and so hotly debated.

while our soldiers were active in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Western Sahara, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Haiti, East Timor and Sierra Leone and during the US-led humanitarian mission to Somalia and the infamous Airborne regiments disgrace there.

while Ambassador Ken Taylor risked his life rescuing Americans from Iran.

for the passage of the Young Offenders Act.

when the first Canadian entered space.

during the National Energy Program.

for countless natural disasters including ice storms, floods and tornadoes.

when the population of Canada increased from 23,963,967 in 1978 to 32,623,490 in 2005.

when both the "loonie" and "toonie" were introduced as currency.

and on and on and on ...


"We didn't get it done." Michael Ignatieff at the Liberal Leadership convention December 2006.

I think you got this one wrong Michael. We did get it done. "We Canadians" have managed to come together and build one of the best countries on earth during those 27 years and we managed to do it all without your help.

For 27 years Michael Ignatieff missed out on the major and minor events that shaped not only our country but our lives, and now after his long absence from Canada he feels that somehow he has earned the right to be our prime minister.

Tell Michael Ignatieff to stick a sock in it and go back to his books while the rest of us continue to go on living our lives and building this country for the better as we have been doing for all those years when he was an absent Canadian.

Gentlemen, start your engines.

Or in this case should that be ladies or perhaps even Constable?

Det.-Const. Heidi Fischer is charged with driving 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit, contrary to Section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act. Because she was charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 km/h, her driver's licence was suspended for seven days and her police vehicle was impounded for a week.

Story here and here.

Monday, February 09, 2009

The west wants in and Iggy can't deliver.

Aside from a few seats in B.C, most of the ridings west of the Ontario/Manitoba border could pretty much be considered a lost cause for the Liberal Party.


To be honest I do not claim to have all of the answers, but one thing is very clear. The Liberal Party has lost touch with half of the country and if the brains of the Liberal Party think that by anointing Micheal Ignatieff into the position of leader is going to help their position in the west, they are in for another sorry surprise come election time. Westerners are not fond of ANYONE treating them as idiots by telling them what to do/think or who should lead them. Arrogance does not go over big out west and anyone who claims that arrogance and Ignatieff are not synonymous with each other has not been paying attention to what has been going on.

The west wants in, and by voting for the Ardvark for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada I can promise you that I will do my best to get the west in. Not by being arrogant and telling them what is what, but by being inclusive and actually listening to other opinions that occur outside of the GTA.

If chosen as leader at the convention in Vancouver at the end of April I promise to run as an MP in the toughest place in Canada for a Liberal to be elected, Alberta. I am not afraid of a fight and unlike others I do not need to be parachuted into safe Ontario riding against the wishes of the local party members and will not have to sneak out of side doors to avoid party members.

If you want to include the west you should select the delegate supporting Ardvark for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Q&A with the Ardvark

Since entering the race for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada I have deluged with questions of all types. Today I will try to answer a few of the more popular questions.

Why are you doing this?

It was not an easy decision on my part, but after having watched as a few party insiders decided amongst themselves who the next leader would be, all without the say of the card carrying members who really are the backbone of the party, I knew that I had to do something for those that were left out of the process. Fairness of process and the principles of democracy should not be trampled by anyone, particularly a few party elite who think that they know better than those members they claim to represent, in the rush to get "their" guy into the leaders chair.

Why you? I mean, after all you are/were a conservative.

A good question and one I get asked all the time. Having conservative leanings does not disqualify someone from the leaders job. If it did we would not currently have Michael Ignatieff as our interim leader, but unlike Michael I am at least honest about it.

But your were a conservative blogger, why do you think the Liberals would accept you as their leader?

I do not think that my political past will really matter that much or be that detrimental to my leadership bid. After all Bob Rae who was a former NDP premier found a home in the party and he was able to finish 3rd at the last convention and we cannot forget about Brison, Stronach, or even Garth Turner who were all accepted with open arms in the party. I mean if someone like Keith Martin who was in the Reform Party, a party that many liberals still think was more evil than Satan, can be accepted into the fold than I think I have an honest shot.

What are you offering in the way of policy or changes needed in the LPC?

This is still be worked on but having entered this process it is plain to see that in some aspects the party is broken. We cannot have a few backroom has been glory boys deciding who should be chosen as leader. It is not good for anyone and makes us look like we are running some kind of local waterbuffalo lodge rather than a national political party. A one member one vote strategy is very much needed to protect the interests of everyone in the party and give the power back to those that really matter, the card carrying members.

What about other policy?

As I said this is being worked on diligently, but off of the top of my head I can say today that Michael and I share many of the same ideas.

Michael supports the budget. I support the budget.
Michael is in favour of our mission in Afghanistan. I also support the Afghan mission.
Michael wants to support the 'most vulnerable' in our society. I also wish to support the most vulnerable in our society.
Michael supported Israel in the recent conflict. While I would rather see peace in the region, I support Israel's right to defend itself.
Michael has written positively on the use of torture in certain situations. I, um err. Actually I am against torture which I guess makes me even more liberal than Michael is and is another reason as to why I would make a better choice than Michael for leader of the party.

That's it for today. Keep those cards and letters coming.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Piles of paperwork

Who would have thought that running for the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada would require so much paper work.

I guess they want to make sure that they do not let in any undesirable candidates.

I wonder if they would accept "I didn't know she was a police officer" as an acceptable answer to question number 52?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I think they left something out.

From the Liberal Party web site. They seem to have forgotten all about the democratic process.

Leading up to the Convention

This April, Liberals from across Canada will gather in Vancouver to ratify a new leader (highlighting mine) and vote on new policy initiatives for the Liberal Party. If you would like to participate in this historic event and have a say in critical policy matters we encourage you to run as a delegate and join your friends and colleagues in Vancouver.

Delegates are elected by riding associations and clubs. The information below is a brief guide to your road to Vancouver.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us or click here for more information about what it means to be a delegate and fill out a delegate form.

Now until February 6, 2009

Registration Drive

Let’s seize this opportunity to grow the Liberal Party!

Registered Liberals are eligible to:

  • run as delegates to represent their riding association or club at the Convention;
  • vote for other delegates;
  • delegates attend the Convention in Vancouver;
  • delegates vote for the new leader of the Party on behalf of their riding association or club
You can register as a member of the Party by clicking here.

February 6, 2009 at 5 p.m. local time

Membership Registration Deadline

If you want to run as a delegate you must join the Party before 5 p.m. local time on February 6th in order to qualify. You can register as a member of the Party by clicking here.

The family and friends you register help send you to the Convention by voting for you during “Super Weekend”.

For more information on what it means to be a delegate please click here.

February 20, 2009 at 5 p.m. local time

Delegate Registration Deadline

In order to stand as a delegate you must return the Delegate Application Form (Notice of Intention to Stand) by 5 p.m. local time on February 20, 2009.

You can download the form by clicking here.

You can return your form via email at, or by fax to your provincial or territorial association (PTA). For a full list of PTA contact information, including fax numbers, please click here.

March 6 – March 10, 2009

Super Weekend

The election of delegates in each riding happens on one day of "Super Weekend".

Each riding association, women’s club, youth club, and seniors’ club may send a delegation.

April 30 – May 3, 2009

Convention in Vancouver

The elected delegate’s first ballot decision is predetermined by the votes cast by their riding association or club.

In addition to elected delegates, there are a number of “ex-officio” candidates who may vote however they wish.

Ex-officio delegates are MPs, Senators, riding presidents, and other Liberal Party executives and former candidates.


And what about February 27th? You know, the date that the papers have to be filed for those that intend on running for the leadership?

My war room guy.....

Here is another reason to cast your vote for the delegate supporting the Ardvark.

My war room guy will not make cheap racist jokes that are insulting not just to thousands of Canadians but to billions of Chinese around the world.

Jean Chretien would not have put up with this kind of crap and neither would I.

So why does Michael?

Vote for real change in the Liberal Party. Vote for the Ardvark for leader of the LPC.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Is it any surprise that......

Is it any surprise that when the leader shows no respect for democracy that the young ones will also be lacking respect for the process?

Is this what the Liberal Party has become?

Respect the process. Respect the voice of the grassroots.

The Real Coup.

There were 2 coup attempts in Canada last month, but only one of them succeeded.

We are all familiar with the failed attempt by the opposition parties at forming a coalition government in effect tossing out the current government and taking their place. We all know how that ended, but how many people are familiar with the details of other coup attempt that took place in Canadian politics last month, the successful one?

On December 10, 2008 Michael Ignatieff usurped the throne of the Liberal Party when the party brass, who were mostly supporters of Ignatieff, decided by themselves that the say of grassroots members of the party was not important and that they should be left out of the process of choosing the leader of their own party.

What started back in 2004 finally came into being by stifling the voices of the 68,000 card carrying party members in the name of a crisis that never really existed. There was a late attempt at democracy by then candidate Bob Rae to let the party members have their say but when that was shot down by party officials the coup was complete and Michael Ignatieff was named interim leader.

An interim leader without a challenger!

There is little point now going into the details of how this all was forced upon the party by Ignatieff supporters in the backrooms as the damage has been done, but some time has now passed since Ignatieff's leadership was forced upon the party and the reasons claimed for this undemocratic action are now gone.

It can be argued that once Stephane Dion was forced to resign in such an undignified way, if you want to believe that he wasn't forced to resign I have a bridge to sell you cheap, that a leader had to be chosen quickly if there was to be a quick election or if the GG decided to accept the notion of a coalition government. This I say is arguable because by the time Dion stepped down the GG had ALREADY decided to prorogue Parliament and there would be 50 full days before a budget was to be presented by the Harper Government. This of course makes the "crisis" that allowed the Ignatieff coup a fraud but now even more so as the Ignatieff lead Liberals have decided to support the budget killing the threat of a coalition and eliminating the threat of an election for some time to come.

But what now?

Ignatieff claimed that if he became the leader that he would "hope to immediately engage the grassroots."

Well Michael, the grass roots are indeed waiting. They are waiting for their chance to have their voices, which were removed from them by your team, returned. They are waiting for real democracy in the Liberal Party and they are waiting for a challenger to emerge to stand up and say to you that what you did was wrong and it was not the Liberal way.

The voice of the party is the members and not the backroom boys who imported you here to Canada after all of those years abroad to rule over us.