The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “debt

The Sour Smell of Success

Posted on October 21, 2010

The Bank of Canada’s Mark Carney released an update on the Canadian economy yesterday that told us third-quarter growth has been disappointingly less than expected and that the next four quarters will also fall behind expectations.  He then informed Canadians that we’ll eventually get out of this economic quagmire. Carney was only doing his job of warning Canadians and trying to keep them believing at the same time.  It’s a high stakes, high-wire performance, meant to instill confidence and propel cautious actions. Hidden in Carney’s report are two key issues of concern that speak to difficult days ahead. The first is our national productivity.  A sound economy is one innovative enough to create a rising standard of living and has enough tax revenue to support…

Liberalism – The National Mirror

Posted on August 30, 2010

Heading into our last few posts on liberalism, it’s time to determine how people of liberal temperament can apply themselves to some of the significant challenges mentioned in earlier posts. For one thing, how do liberals re-engage with a society a little long in the tooth in its entitlements and wealth – the comfortable?  Since the beginnings of liberalism it has been assumed that the more citizens can share in the wealth, the more generous and outward-looking they will become.  For a time it was true.  The expansion of wealth in liberal states led to the dynamic growth of the middle-class we witnessed for decades. What many failed to consider was the phenomenal increase of what modern psychologists call “the narcissism problem.”  Rather than…

Voting For Junk

Posted on March 17, 2010

It should have been a walk in the park for the opposition parties, but the politics of it all was just too alluring to put the ten per-center issue to bed. We talked about this before in these pages, but the outcry by average citizens, most non-politically aligned, concerning the waste and tone of these poorly produced pieces of paper hasn’t been hard to misinterpret. They hate the crassly partisan messages sent to their doors at taxpayer expense – $20 million a year by recent estimates. It’s diabolical, but it’s easy enough to understand why the Conservatives want to maintain the practice, having used such mailings to introduce a kind of gutter politics to what used to be an effective means for an MP…