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.