I was sitting in the Blackburn building with my very good friend Peggy Dillman, who was the chief of correspondence in the Prime Minister’s office.
It was about 8 p.m. and we were the political staff of the prime minister, John Turner.
Clearly, it was a rout. Brian Mulroney had won the day.
Great, fucking wonderful.
The calls came in furiously. Crank calls.
“Fuck you, you cock sucking Liberals. Hope you rot in hell.”
After a while, we just stopped picking up the phone.
Me, Peggy, Allan and others celebrated and raised a few glasses to the cause.
We knew we were part of a sea change.
My life was never the same again.
I had been a Liberal for a few short years, but I never forgot how awful I felt in those sorry days.
That was 1984. Nobody voted Liberal.
A decade later, Canadians voted for Jean Chretien for three consecutive terms.
Never say never.
I say this to everybody who tonight is predicting the demise of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Don’t count Liberals out.
As my brother Gary once said: You never can tell.