The event was hosted by Mike Harris and was attended by more than a few notable guests. One of which, of course, was Conrad Black (we always seem to show up at the same parties…). Humour aside, his appearance was apparently a surprise (it would be reported as such) to the horde of cameras that was camped out in the lobby of the club. As he arrived, the cameras flanked him as he made his way about the room. He stopped only to congratulate the authors and to chat with Gerry Nicholls of the NCC. The mess of cameras and reporters left the club and the party continued on as usual with a few people left stunned. CTV later that evening would gleefully report that Conrad Black had appeared at a launch event for a book on rescuing Canada’s conservative movement.
I also finally met Warren Kinsella, who it turns out was as impressed with me as I was with him. Seriously though, Warren was a good sport for climbing into the proverbial lion’s den of conservatism that evening to support some mutual friends.
The other Liberal that showed up that evening was Jason Cherniak. Later in the evening, Jason and I smoked a couple of cigars and talked about (what else?) blogging and politics.
A couple of my favourite MSM scribes were also taking in the festive atmosphere of the evening. Rondi Adamson and Michael Taube stayed to chat through most of the evening, while Andrew Coyne, after passing on some faux-guilt for my recent penchant for heckling and after receiving some of my faux-guilt for his lack of blogging, left to do the National‘s “At Issues” panel.
Unfortunately I missed Mike Harris and Tony Clement as the two common sense revolutionaries left the party early. Tony and I are scheduled to do a podcast one day but his life is incredibly busy right now as he fighting hard to win the riding of Perry Sound Muskoka for the blue team.
All in all, the event was wildly successful and a good time for those that attended. Adam and Tasha are set to start their tour, so check the dates and pick up your copy. I’ll be posting my review of the book soon.