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Glen Pearson

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Fox In The Henhouse

Posted on July 6, 2012

My Huffington Post piece on Julian Fantino’s appointment as the new minister for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) created something of a stir, mostly for a couple of reasons. Usually I don’t write such strongly worded blog posts as I did on this occasion. While I was an MP, I had the official role in the shadow cabinet of Critic for International Cooperation for the official opposition. That basically meant that I was to help oversee and respond to developments that resulted from the government’s actions on CIDA. It was an important file at the time because Canada was to host the G8 summit in Toronto and Muskoka and the Harper government wanted to make CIDA’s efforts regarding child and maternal health for…

Troubles Ahead For CIDA

Posted on July 5, 2012

The following is my Huffington Post piece for today on the appointment of a new minister for the Canadian International Development Agency. It’s the wrong choice at the precisely the wrong time and spell difficulties ahead for all the dedicated folks at CIDA. Note: My apologies for the title on the Huffington Post piece. It was no my choice. Official international development assistance for the world’s poorest countries has become a precarious business in recent years. If the first five years of the last decade were seen as a time of foreign aid and development renaissance – debt relief, Millennial Development Goals, movement towards more aid accountability – the last five years became the decline of most of these important activities. Then with the…

Before Japan there was …?

Posted on March 15, 2011

Climatologists continue to alert us that natural disasters are destined to increase substantially as a result of our planet heating up through climate change. We can attempt to deny it but the evidence continues to pile up. And now here we are again on the outside looking in on the worst disaster to hit Japan since World War Two. We are staggered at the video, horrified by the personal stories, terrified at the force of nature. We are a generous people and at the same time our eyes witness tsunami images we are reaching for our wallets to do our own little part for recovery. There is only one problem with this scenario: we’ve been through it before – a little over a year…

The Rock of Integrity

Posted on March 3, 2011

Came to bed but couldn’t sleep, my thoughts filled with Jim Travers, the terrific journalist from the Toronto Star, whose sudden passing today infused Ottawa with a sense of tragedy. So many wonderful things are being said about him that my thoughts will pale in comparison. But my insights are those of a struggling politician whose load became more defined and lightened by the man we have just lost. Jim was accompanying my wife and I on our trip to Sudan this past January until the sudden death of his mother forced him to remain behind to settle her estate. Many never knew he had actually lived in Juba, south Sudan earlier in his career and that his fascination, and sometimes tribulation, over the…

Can Canada Afford Democracy?

Posted on February 21, 2011

Six months – even two months – ago, if pundits or politicians were asked, “If a scandal were to descend upon Ottawa, in which ministry do you think it would occur,” no one would have concluded CIDA or that its rather reclusive minister would be on the front page of every newspaper in the land. Ask any Canadian what the acronym “CIDA” itself stands for and you’ll merely get a shrug. Yet for all the anonymity, the swill surrounding the Canadian International Development Agency is threatening to peel back the layers of the present management of this country, revealing its threat to Canadian democracy. While the issue around the funding of KAIROS seems to have suddenly descended on a troubled capital, it’s a story…

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