I hope this note finds you well, and looking
forward to the Liberal Party of Canadas leadership convention
in Montreal this week.
As you know, this is the first federal Liberal leadership election
in more than a generation whose outcome is genuinely uncertain.
As a result, whether we vote at the convention as direct attendees,
guide our ridings delegates as grassroots Liberals, or shape
the context of the election as informed Canadians, the choices we
make this week will have a decisive impact on the future of Canada.
I am writing to let you know why I have chosen to support Stéphane
Throughout his decades of public service, Stéphane has consistently
displayed political courage, loyalty to the national interest, and
irreproachable personal integrity.
As author of the Clarity Act and as our partys most unwavering
proponent of the Kyoto Protocol, Stéphane has always displayed
the courage of genuinely Liberal convictions. While others shrank
from the debate, he lived the creed that government must stand prepared
to do what is right not in spite of the difficulty, but precisely
because of the difficulty.
During the arduous transition between the Chrétien and Martin
leaderships, Stéphane was as steadfast a beacon for party
unity as he has been for national unity. He understood that a principled
political party must remain bound together through loyalty to a
shared set of ideas and ideals, and must be more than just the vehicle
for the ambitions of any one person.
Above all else, throughout his public and professional life, Stéphane
has been recognised by friend and foe alike as a person of the highest
ethical standing. For a party whose adversaries have so traduced
us over scandals real and manufactured, we can only hope to re-earn
the confidence of Canadians if we choose a leader whose entire record
speaks to the nobility of public service.
Irrespective of the outcome of the leadership election, Stéphane
will work towards an open and inclusive Liberal Party: one that
will value the contributions of all leadership candidates and their
teams, one that will draw Liberals together after the convention,
and one that will present itself to Canadians as worthy and able
to govern Canada.
Stéphane Dion is the Prime Minister Canada deserves and the
leader the Liberal Party needs. I hope you will join me in making
both a reality.
With best wishes,
Michael Van Dusen
Office of Akaash Maharaj
telephone (416) 570 0203