As many of you know, I met with some unnamed, activist, anonymous, strategist, insider, close to the leader, reliable source, Laurier Club, lifelong Liberals in front of Stornoway this afternoon. Stephane Dion wasn't there. You see, he went home to Montreal to relax with his family and close friends.
I began to think that perhaps all the hype and internet support and the hundreds of emails were all for not. Then my phone rang.
It was "someone close to the leader" on the other end. Within minutes I was put through to the leader (yes, as of the time of the call he is still the leader).
We talked about the outpouring of support he has been receiving from the grassroots members of our party. He talked about his family. More talk about the possibility of staying and the ramifications of going.
Naturally I suggested many of us were ready to defend, but there was a need for change to take place. Much talk of this and that ensued. Lots of passion.
10 minutes later the leader said all that I needed to hear:
I love the Liberal Party. I love my country.
I didn't need to hear anything else.
Mr. Dion, I said, we are here to support you. We hope you will hear the voices of the many rather than the shrills of the few. We would like to see you stay.
"Thank you Jim, for all you have done. I will consider all you have said when I make my decision."
Thank you Mr. Dion. We all await your answer.
Picture above taken by anonymous Liberal photographer.
Later I post on the ramifications of M. Dion staying or going.