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It’s been a long time since I spent some time on my Blog. Things have been nice and slow for the past few days so I thought now would be a good time to write a few things.

Beaucage Campaign

It’s not like I haven’t been writing or stopped writing altogether. However, since February – but most notably – in the past three months, I’ve been writing mainly policy and media relations material for John’s campaign.

It was an honour and a pleasure to manage this campaign. Although we were not successful, we ran a very good campaign. Most of all, we ran on principle and values. We offered the Chiefs an alternative that they are clearly not ready for. Until they are ready, and accept the reality of true nationhood, self-government and accountability – First Nations will continue to be mired in the cycle of dependance and ongoing struggle for power. The eight ballots in Calgary are a clear symptom on that.

I really want to thank our incredible team of coordinators, including Monica Lister, Patricia Campeau, Vicky Corbiere, Maurice Switzer, Gary Dokis, Anne Chabot, Bernd Christmas, Derek Houlbrook, Josh Justice, and Arnya Assance. I want to thank our tireless volunteers and those who travelled to Calgary with us.  I also want to thank our co-chairs Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell for your guidance, advice, dedication and hard work.

I want to thank my family, my children, and my Partner for your support and your unconditional Love.

Most of all, really want to say chi-miigwetch niijii to my good friend and mentor John. Thank you for the past five years and this remarkable life experience. Truly, you are the best man for the job. You are a true stateman, visionary and class act. I’m looking forward to working with you on whatever is next in life. I’m always here to serve.

Next Steps

Holidays!! Oh yeah!! Three weeks of rest and relaxation. Deborah, Fiona, Jasmine and I are heading to Kindersley, Saskatchewan for her Grandparent’s 60th anniversary. I wrote a poem for them which Deb may read at the party. After our time in Saskatchewan, we’re heading to Winnipeg for a couple of weeks. I’m really looking forward to spending some time with Wendy, Jim, Robbie, Laurie, Scott and Maya.

The Political Future

John has been approached by both the Liberal Party of Canada and the Conservative Party of Canada to explore the idea of running in the next federal election. John certainly enjoys politics and would definitely entertain the possibilities. However, he is an devout family man and such a decision would be made by the family.

We’ve talked about running for the Liberal Party in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, which is currently seeking a candidate, which may be a winning riding. Or perhaps Simcoe North. It’s closer to his home in Parry Sound, but a long shot to win. Either way, he’d have to move to the riding in order to run for election. John would never oppose his friend Tony Clement in Parry Sound-Muskoka, Liberal or not. He’s a loyal man.

Employment

I’ve got a good savings plan which I can live on until the New Year – so there is no immediate pressure right now. This gives me the flexibility to take my time to find the right opportunity. My salary demands and specific skill set pretty much limit me to Toronto or Ottawa. Preferably Toronto so I can be close to my Honey.

I’m quite thankful that I’ve been offered some contract work. This may be quite lucrative but short term. I prefer finding a longer term gig, with benefits.

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