Speaking with the London Free Press, Liberal Glen Pearson laments that this magazine deemed him the Last Decent Man in Ottawa. Indeed. What kind of silly, naive fool, ignorant of history and bereft of perspective, would ever write such a thing? Oh, never mind.
Of course, only someone who truly was the Last Decent Man in Ottawa would disavow such a title, right? Though no such foresight went into it, let’s now say the headline was a test.
Anyway. While we’re on the subject, here’s an anecdote that didn’t make the print edition. We talked a bit about how he came to support Dion for the Liberal leadership. Turns out he was delirious with malaria at the time. No really.
“I was in a malaria seizure when I decided to back Stephane. I was in a food bank meeting in Cochrane, Ont., way up in the north, and I got sick. Adam Spence, the executive director, took me to my room and I was throwing up and it was just really bad. And then he left me there and came back in the morning to get me. And he said, ‘Glen, are you okay?’ And I said, ‘Adam, I’ve made my decision, I’m going to back Stephane Dion.’ And he said, “What’s that got to do with anything?’ And I was kind of delusional. And he said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘He’s just decent. I don’t know him worth a hill of beans, but I like people who are quiet and principled and don’t like to talk all the time.'”