This blog is going to take a break while I finish up a story for the print edition and then luxuriate in two weeks of vacation. And on that note, and with another year now nearly over, I want to say thanks.

So, thanks.

This little adventure started four years ago and when the final numbers are sorted out, the pageview total for 2011 will be nearly four times what it was in 2008, our first full year of The Commons and this blog. Indeed, each year has been bigger and better than the previous one and 2011 set another new high for pageviews. This was an incredible year to be where I was and I’m glad and thankful and humbled that so many were here to share it.

Earlier this month, under this post, a regular reader joked that he had finally figured out my agenda—it is a hazard of writing about politics, or really being in any way remotely associated with the business, that one’s agenda will periodically become the subject of speculation. In this case, the reader figured that he’d busted me as a dupe of Big Parliament. I suppose that’s true. I’m not sure that I had any such intent when I got here, but I’ve become very fond of the place. It’s an honour every time I step inside the House of Commons. And no matter how often I’ve come away confused or troubled or tempted to take up smoking, I have tried to remember where I am and what the place stands for. For the sake of maintaining one’s respect it surely helps that you have to wear a jacket and tie to sit in the good seats. And I thank the sergeant-at-arms for consequently compelling me to improve my wardrobe.

I hope that respect been evident. I also hope it’s been clear how fascinating I find it all: the people, the ideas, the theatre, the reality, the things people say and the things people do. At its best, politics is transcendent. At its worst, it still matters. It is all so much wondrous stuff.

So thanks to all the readers, commenters, fans, dissenters, tweeters and mystified onlookers. And thanks to my editors. And thanks, while we’re at it, to my Grandpa Wherry for buying me my first magazine subscription. A toast to 2011 and best wishes for 2012.

Filed under:


  1. Thanks, right back at you, for giving me a page worth viewing.

  2. Thanks for doing this Aaron, including all the gall!

    Happy vacation, hope the weather is warm and the beer is cold.

  3. Your respect for Parliament comes through loud and clear. So does your frustration with those who don’t.  I always enjoy your items here, because of both those things.

    It must be a very wearing job, so I hope you have a super vacation, and return refreshed in body and soul.

  4. Merry Solstice!

  5. Enjoy the season, Aaron.

  6. Have a great holiday, Aaron, and thanks for providing one of the few comprehensive, objective, and ever-so-entertaining accounts of what really goes on in that sacred place. I look forward to randomly running into you some more throughout 2012.

  7. “the theatre”  Some of your QP depictions are so colourful and dripping with sarcasim they give me LMAO moments. 

    Thanks Aaron and Merry Christmas.

  8. I’ll miss you, but the break has been well earned.  And otherwise, what everyone else has already said.

    Merry Christmas.

  9. Best wishes to you and your family Aaron. 

  10. Merry Christmas, Wherry. Hope you enjoy your hols and come back refreshed and ready to observe another year of these clowns. 

  11. I believe you when you say you are very fond of Parliament and I know how troubled you must have been earlier this year when the opposition had sufficient votes and a Speaker who was willing to refer to our Government as being in contempt of Parliament.

    Times have changed since then—the opposition no longer have sufficient votes—it must make you content. Parliament is once again Supreme.
    All is well.
    Merry Christmas

  12. Happy Christmas Mr. Wherry. 

  13. Enjoy your holidays!  IMO, you (and the subject matter you cover) are one of the contributors that really makes Maclean’s Blog such a compelling place to visit every day.

  14. You’re a terrific writer and I enjoy your blog a great deal, including most of the folks who drop in and comment — even the dissenting opinions are informative and fun to read.  Thanks for your work, Aaron, and enjoy your well-earned vacation.
    Merry Christmas to everyone here, and all the best for the new year. 

  15. Live long and prespire.

  16. ‘And no matter how often I’ve come away confused or troubled or tempted
    to take up smoking, I have tried to remember where I am and what the
    place stands for.’

    You may not have taken up smoking, but I bet three fingers of whisky tastes pretty damn good at the end of the day, doesn’t it? Just reading about all the hollering and yelling, the dumb questions and non-answers, makes me want to pour a stiff one.

    Great writing… keep up the good work in 2012!

  17. Thank-you and Happy Holidays, Aaron.

    But please don’t take up smoking. It’s even more addictive than politics.

  18. Your  courage in standing up to authoritarianism is on display every day and as far as I’m aware you are pretty much alone among the Ottawa cowering journalistic herd.

  19. Yes, this blog has become quite the hot spot for various left-wing cranks who love to spend most of their day hating Harper and the Canada he’s making. And my guess is that they’re doing it on the taxpayer’s dime, too.

    The irony is that, while Wherry and Co. spend all their efforts focusing on one fake issue or scandal, or another, the rest of Canada ignores you all completely and gets on with the business of building a better country through actual democracy, not what passes for it on here.

    If you were to only read this blog, you’d think Harper would have been overthrown two seconds after assuming power. Instead, he’s gone on to become one of the more substantial prime ministers in Canadian history. Ain’t that a kick?

    Yes, thank you all, folks! Ha ha.

Sign in to comment.