The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Our Shared Humanity

Posted on April 22, 2018

Born a few minutes apart, they had a scant 30 weeks together before the death of their mother in war wrenched them away from each other.  They were identical twins, sharing the mystery of human DNA, and they deserved to face the world together.  It was not to be. Five years later, however, in a remarkable movement of destiny, they looked upon each other once again, confused at seeing their image so clearly represented on another face.  When informed they were twins, identical, they reached out, took the other’s hand, and wandered off to play soccer – hundreds of eyes on them lost in wonder. Today, Abuk and Achan turn 18.  Jane and I have watched them grow up every day, etching their height…

Stephane Dion’s Opportunity for Renewal

Posted on April 12, 2016

This post is also available on National Newswatch here. IT PROVED TO BE A SEMINAL MOMENT FOR CANADA-AFRICAN RELATIONS – not just for me during my tenure as a Member of Parliament, but for Canadian politics and the work of the civil service. It was May 2009. The setting was Centre Block, where the Foreign Affairs Committee was facing 19 African ambassadors who had come together in support of 8 African nations – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Zambia – who had recently learned through the media that their foreign development assistance was about to be severely cut by the Harper government. It’s all recent history now, but the effects of what appeared to be a betrayal of commitment lingers to…

Promise Fulfilled

Posted on February 28, 2015

THE WORK OF FOUR REMARKABLE Canadian women in South Sudan has been so inspiring that I am including my new London Free Press article here on their efforts.  Just link to http://www.lfpress.com/2015/02/26/pearson-a-london-groups-promise-14-years-ago-to-build-a-high-school-in-the-south-sudan-region-of-aweil-was-fulfilled-this-year-the-school-will-open-in-apriland see some great pictures, along with a description of their efforts.  This is inspiring stuff in a new nation struggling to find its feet.  Proud to know these four great champions.

Who Knew?

Posted on April 22, 2013

They were violently wrenched apart at only four months of age.  Too young to understand what happened, they likely were terrified by the sound of gunshots and their mother covered in blood.  One was immediately ushered away while the other lay in a tangle of bodies, nestling in the arms of her dead mother. For years they both lived separate lives, aware that the other had once existed, but believing that death had taken the other.  They were informed they had once had an identical twin but that life and war had conspired to separate them forever.  The one lived and thrived in Canada, aware of her loneliness but surrounded by everything wonderful.  The other fought for life in Darfur, also aware of loneliness…

A Climate for Change

Posted on December 7, 2012

I’ve had the fortune to have spent some quality time with some Nobel Prize winners in recent years – most notably sharing a conference with Al Gore in Montreal and a delightful dinner with Muhammad Yunus in Toronto. Though they are real people, I felt dwarfed by their commitment, intelligence, and sheer accomplishment. But of all those “Nobel” folks, I am the proudest of one of London’s own. Gordon McBean is the Director for the Centre for Environment and Sustainability as well as for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and won his Nobel Prize as part of the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). He is forever on the move to the various continents, assessing the damages from environmental degradation and attempting to…

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