Saturday, March 28, 2009

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

And if the soupçon of revelations provided by Pierre Trudeau Is My Homeboy on the report of the Renewal Committee that the National Executive will discuss this weekend are truly indicative, the pudding may prove itself to be fairly sweet.

Quixotique has been both buoyed and concerned over some of the discussions at En Famille particularly the overwhelming preoccupation with the potential change to a OMOV system of leadership selection (which Quixotique supports) as the panacea for greater, or "ultimate" membership engagement in the affairs of the Party, as while such a move is assuredly advisable, Leadership contests should be fairly rare occurrences in the life of a Party, and the membership most certainly must be continually engaged in (and in fact, drive) all manner of Party processes and decisions.

I am anxious to consume the full report and recommendations, particulary discussions around the concepts of engagement and delegation and the role of the Leader and others in the Party leadership in the institutional conduct and relationships, but generally like the tidbits that have been offered so far.

Implementation, of course, will be key.


  1. I couldn't find your email so I thought I would communicate through a comment. I have added you to the blogs I follow. If you can follow through with your Schitck of beginning posts with quotes from The Novel, I will be greatly impressed. If you succeed I will be impressed beyond belief. I am Sancho to your Quixote.

    Good luck. It is truly a noble and chivalrous undertaking you have started.

    BTW, may I quote from Monsignor Quixote?

  2. CV,

    This is quite a challenge you have provided to Quixotique. I will work hard to impress you in this endeavour and believe that I may accomplish this task for four reasons:

    1) Cervantes (and his numerous translators over the years), Quixote and Panza, were collectively prolific in providing the modern world with "quotable quotes";

    2) Cervantes and his translators have also been prolific in including colloquial expressions from the times in their oeuvres;

    3) Quixotique reserves the right to recycle previously used quotes from time-to-time; and

    4) Quixotique further reserves the right to use certain quotes out of (original) context.

    Quixotique hereby grants quoting rights to Constant Vigilance, given their eerily similar raison d'etre and modus operandi.

    Finally Quixotique is heartened hugely by the pledge to be her Sancho Panza, for while it is Quixote who tilts at windmills, he is also the tragic figure; it is Sancho who (through constant vigilance) protects, insulates and cares for his often misguided master. Sancho Panza is the wise one.