The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “decency

Time to Occupy Parliament?

Posted on December 10, 2011

This blog post appeared as a London Free Press article on  December 10, 2011 The media’s ongoing reporting of the misleading attacks on Montreal MP Irwin Cotler has once again highlighted Parliament’s downhill slide. When I commented on the attacks to a Conservative MP this past week that was seeking some advice on charitable giving, all he could say was, ”Yeah, we all like Irwin. It’s kind of sick.” Sick indeed. When Rick Mercer stated last week in his rant that it’s time to lock up Parliament and throw away the key it was a sentiment that registered across the country. This past decade has witnessed the sad decline of what once was an honourable institution. Everything from financial scandal a decade ago to…

The Five-Year Lesson

Posted on November 28, 2011

Interesting day yesterday. My wife Jane read me a Toronto Star story about two 73 year-old men who got into an embarrassing tussle on the eve of this year’s Grey Cup battle in Vancouver. Watching this CBC video later in the morning, I was surprised to discover one of the belligerents was Joe Kapp, former BC Lions quarterback who helped the team to win the Grey Cup in 1963. Few remember it now but Kapp used to be the quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders just prior to his Vancouver sojourn. I was 10 years old at the time and the mascot for the team. Back then football players didn’t make much and Joe Kapp lived at our house beside the stadium during the season.…

Back From The Brink

Posted on April 6, 2010

Is it just me, or does this whole Helena Guergis saga seem increasingly macabre? Every week seems to bring out some new sordid revelation that turns this narrative into some kind of neverending story. I’ve grown increasingly disturbed at what appears to be a pack mentality swirling around the junior cabinet minister. It’s almost as if we’ve reached the point where we can no longer avert our gaze, as most civilized people would normally do. In any story like this, things take a clear turn for the worse when we go from hearing of someone’s troubles to actually pursuing more discoveries in hopes that the person in question goes through even further shame. I’ll be honest here and state that I believe it’s time…

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