Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Mr. Wasjman Responds

Imagine my surprise to find my post about Mr. Wasjman's leadership bid being responded to by none other than Mr. Wasjman. An article I read in the Calgary Sun the other day mentioned that Mr. Wasjman was entering the leadership race for the Liberal Party.

Here, in his own words, is Mr. Wasjman's response:

"You are quite right. It is not the Liberal party that is interesting nor worth defending. It is he idea of industrial liberalism as the great force for individual expression and opportunity. My admiration for Trudeau stems from the fact that with the Charter he attempted to inculculate in Canadians a respect for their own individual consequence. He made every single one of us sovereign over any demands of the state or any collectivity. He changed Canada from a Parliamentary to a Constitutional democracy.

That message is at the heart of a true liberal agenda. We've got to make sure it takes hold in our spirits.

The idea of liberalism was put most succintly by a great "radical" in 1911. He said that the role of liberal government was,“To raise people up from poverty. To reconcile private interests with public rights. To attack monopoly. To reward enterprise, but not with untrammeled privilege and preference. To exalt the individual over ruler or regulation. To expand freedom at home and abroad. This is our liberalism. This is the signature of our society.” That radical was none other than Winston Spencer Churchill who spoke as Minister of Social Welfare in the Liberal Asquith government which he was a part of between his two Tory eras.

We need to get back to those basics. Cheers".


"PS: I've announced an exploratory national committee by the way. My decision will be made in April. But I'll be happy to receive your comments at"

Editor Note: You can check out Beryl's radio program,"The Last Angry Man" on 940 News on Sunday's between 12:00 and 2:00 pm (eastern time).


At Wed. Feb. 01, 01:11:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...


Sounds good.

But I still think the Party needs to shut down, dismantle itself and proceed to rebuild on a new foundation, using the right construction materials, techniques and architectural/functional objectives. Unfortunately I today don't see how it can as currently constituted possibly be much better in the future. It'll always carry the taints of the last twelve years.

I would also wish Mr. Wasjman the best. I do admire his writings.

At Wed. Feb. 01, 01:55:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Gayle said...

I'll bet you were surprised, Aizlynne! Way to go! :)

At Wed. Feb. 01, 04:55:00 p.m. MST, Blogger DazzlinDino said...

This is news, and could even spell trouble for the Conservatives somewhat, provided he actualy believes and abides by what he said. He's a fairly "blue Liberal" if he does think that way, which would be a benifit to the Liberals I think. Good post....

At Wed. Feb. 01, 06:24:00 p.m. MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Could be good, could be bad, but sorry, I can never trust a LIEberal anything, and have come to even hate the word. Anyone that's admires Trudeau, I'll fight to the end... him and his constitution have dammed the nation. You can tell by the dead leaf on the flag ... LOL

At Wed. Feb. 01, 06:43:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

I understand your point of view AB. I certainly wasn't promoting him - just thought people had the right to hear his side, and not everyone reads the comment section, so I thought it was important to post his response for all to see.

Everyone, of course, is entitled to draw their own conclusions.

At Thu. Feb. 02, 05:38:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Junker said...

Very interesting. I love to see blogs get this kind of direct attention.

At Fri. Feb. 03, 06:54:00 a.m. MST, Blogger SpaceNeedleBoy said...

Aizlynne: It's good to see the power of blogs. Congratulations....and Go Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl!!

At Fri. Feb. 03, 07:46:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Leigh Patrick Sullivan said...

Anyone who 'admires' Trudeau and wants to take us back to that kind of gov't is BAD NEWS for Alberta.


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