This is not the first time I have ever received an email from Stephen Harper. However, it is definitely the first time I have ever received an email from Prime Minister Stephen Harper!
In Nov. of 2005, the Hon. Stephen Harper, Leader of the Opposition had sent me an email, thanking me for my various letters to the editor that highlighted Liberal corruption.
O.K., I had shamelessly brought them to his attention.. I admit it. But it was way cool to have them acknowledged by title!!
Then a few days ago, inspired by a few fellow Blogging Tories that suggested sending birthday wishes to PM Stephen Harper, I added my own:
Dear P.M. Harper,
I just want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Birthday. Your gift is on my blog...
Very best wishes,
Of course, I received the standard reply nanoseconds afterwards:
"Please know that your e-mail message has been received in the Prime Minister's Office and that your comments have been noted. Our office always welcomes hearing from correspondents and being made aware of their views..."
Ya-da-da, ya-da-da. Then I moved on to other things.
Today, I noticed another message in my in-box from the "Office of the Prime Minister". I've got to tell you, it does make the heart beat a tad faster. And this time, it was a little different. It was a personal note from the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, thanking me for the warm birthday greetings and kind words of encouragement.
He concluded with:
"I look forward to your continued support as we work to fulfill the mandate given to us by Canadians."
I admit it wasn't an overblown, gushing missive, but it struck a chord with me. It was like, "Hey Joanne - good job. Thanks."
Considering the fact that my own M.P. doesn't give me the time of day, this is without a doubt, the best reponse I've ever had from a politician!
And he just happens to be the Prime Minister of Canada!!! As Monte Solberg would have said in his blog days, "Who knew?"