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The Human Code

Posted on August 7, 2012

I was honoured to host two soldiers who had just returned from Afghanistan. One asked if they could view Question Period. I hesitated. Wouldn’t you?  We all know what QP has become. “Of course,” I responded after a moment and personally ushered them to the gallery above the Chamber. I don’t need to tell you just how bad it went. The soldier’s, “Is that what we’ve been fighting for?” said it all. It was one of my most humiliating moments in Parliament. Following QP was the Foreign Affairs Committee, of which I was part. Prior to the opening members from all parties discussed the brutality of the recent QP. Some pressed for more civility; others for the Speaker to intervene more often; one implied…

Humanity – “Is George Clooney There?”

Posted on August 7, 2012

“Is George Clooney right there, with you? Can you see if we can get an interview with him?” This wasn’t the request I had been hoping for. Yes, George Clooney was in south Sudan, as was former president Jimmy Carter, but the real reason we were all there as international observers was to oversee the southern Sudanese referendum in an effort to attest to its credibility. It was big international news and had profound implications for all of Africa. So I was a little taken aback when a Canadian national network reached me near the border of Darfur, virtually ignoring the significance of events swirling all around us and wanting to talk to the famed Hollywood actor. In truth, Clooney was confined to his room…


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