penlessej: (Justin Trudeau)
Dear Justin Trudeau:

I get it, governing is tough. It is hard to set national priorities and to follow through to make sure that they get actioned while ensuring that Canadians feel satisfied in the government working for them. This is not new information however, you might recall that a former member of your cabinet (also a former leader of the party which you now lead) was criticised for making this observation plain during a leadership race by the then Conservative government. It might not be on point to come out and admit that your job is hard (something, something leadership) but the fact is that we all understand, it is certainly not an easy job.

Which is why we could understand why your government would not be able to advance electoral reform before the next election, we get that governing and setting priorities is tough. Look, we have a crisis developing at the national level, and the election of Donald Trump to the south of us as President of the United States should be taken as a sign that we need to take the pains of the middle class more seriously in Canada. Certainly no one would slight you for putting economic prosperity, job security and national unity above electoral reform.

But here is the rub. Rather than stand up in the House of Commons as a leader among your own peers and admit that a promise is consciously being broken you chose to blame Canadians for your own shortcomings. You chose to ignore the very poignant and informative report from a committee that you struck personally to review the issue at hand. You chose to throw not one but two junior female cabinet ministers under the bus. I personally cannot be mad at you for breaking a promise that frankly I never supported in the first place, but I can and am mad at you for continuing your path of lying and blatant disregard for the facts at hand.

The fact is, Prime Minister, that it is clear to everyone (save perhaps for those elected under your banner) that you never really wanted a consensus on electoral reform. Worse off, you never really had a plan. Leadership demands a vision, and you Sir, did not have any sort of vision for electoral reform aside from locking in an election victory under first past the post. And, to add insult to injury, you chose to put two junior female ministers in charge of a file that you never had any intention of completing, all of the while claiming to be a feminist and parading your gender balanced cabinet for all of Canada and indeed the world to see. This is low ball politics and straight up, Canadians demanded and thought that they were getting more from you.

Governments break promises. It is as sure as the sun rising and setting each day. It is hard to set national priorities and the realities of Monday are certainly not the same as Tuesday, which is why we have leadership at the federal level and have top office holders who are charged with making these tough decisions regarding the prioritization of national projects. However, governments do not have to lie. Governments do not have to create grand facades of progressiveness only to tear them down when the rubber hits the road. Your government has consistently failed to meet any sort of expectations that you yourself established during your run for leader of the Liberal Party, your election against Stephen Harper and your Throne Speech that entrenched sunny ways into the new approach. For that I and many Canadians are not just angry but disappointed, let down and disillusioned.

God save the Queen,
penlessej: (Joffre Lakes Two)
To whom it may concern:

I am pleased to report that I have decided on a template and general theme for this blog. My hope is that it will spur me to post more often and with more relevant content in the future. This blog will now feature posts written in the form of letters directly from me. The addressee of said letters is really going to be endless list because it could include all of my subscribers in a general format (such as this one, addressed fittingly to whomever it may concern) but could also include people I meet in real life or corporations I engage with, friends, family, co-workers, my work in general; the list literally is endless. And that is a good thing, because they can be rants, praises or little notes about my daily life. All packaged and formatted in beautiful letter format.

When you think about it, letter writing is actually quickly becoming a lost art. Most people no longer write long form or with pens (ironically my blog is called PenlessEJ for that very reason). However, letter writing was once an art that was curated and developed by people who called themselves men (or women, but mostly men because of the time) of letters. I like to consider myself a man of letters, and hence the reason for this particular formatting.

I enjoy DW because the content is relevant, I find what people write here interesting. It is certainly more interesting than the snippets of photos, comments and statuses that come with Facebook. And it runs better while I am at sea than Tumblr or Wordpress. I have also curated a small group of subscribers and friends here who contribute wonderful content that I am drawn to read and comment on. Engagement is important, even if not literally in person. And so I hope to continue my time here on Dreamwidth with my letter writing blog.

This blog will remain the same with regard to content. You will get insight into my daily life as a soon-to-be husband to an amazing and powerful woman, a future father (hopefully sooner rather than later), a Naval Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy and a 30 year old politically engaged Canadian. You will also get all of the warts and rants and ravings that come along with an ENTP (the debater) personality with an opinion on everything and then some. And hopefully you will come to know me better in time (and hopefully, dear reader, I come to know you better as well).

I hope you return and I hope you enjoy the letters.

Yours in blogging,