The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Too Good to Last

Posted on April 7, 2016

IT WAS ONLY A MONTH AGO WHEN ROLLING STONE magazine declared in a feature article titled, Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders: The Good Fight, that “Hillary and Bernie have waged campaigns full of vision, ideas and promise – and have shown us the best in American politics.” Most of America seems infatuated at the worrying spectacle of the Republican primary campaign – a fascinating intrigue unlike anything seen in recent memory. Any policy pronouncement has tended to come wrapped in some kind of slam against an opponent or a simplistic concept bearing little understanding of its complexities. While all this was going on, the Democratic Party debates were fluid and probing affairs full of substance and intriguing ideas – just as Rolling Stone stated.…

Election 2015: Will That Be Cost or Value?

Posted on September 18, 2015

IT BECAME ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT experiments in modern psychology. Around 1970, Stanford researcher Walter Mischel decided to sit a series of four-year-olds in a room and put a marshmallow on a table in front of them. He told them that they could eat the marshmallow right away, but that if they waited until he returned he would give them two marshmallows. Videos shot of the children during that time revealed a lot of squirming and kicking, even kids banging their head on the table. Mischel then followed them through subsequent years and learned some fascinating trends. Those kids that waited until he returned did much better at school and had fewer behavioural problems. Thirteen years later, those kids that waited for…

Showing Up

Posted on October 7, 2014

Last Saturday night I gave a speech, in which I endorsed Matt Brown’s candidacy for mayor of London, Ontario.  Later, a number of people asked if they could acquire a copy.  I had spoken spontaneously and had no written record, so I informed them that I would write down what I could recall of the speech and put it in my blog.  Below is the text of that speech.  Following all the research undertaken in recent weeks on the need for mayors with a new outlook on citizenship, I am only too happy to vote for Matt and the respect for the average citizen which I believe he will bring to politics.   I’m at this rally tonight for Matt Brown because I’m tired.…

Campaign Insider – Calm Before the Storm

Posted on March 30, 2011

One of the biggest tasks taking place before any election is locating a campaign office and getting it set up to create fluid movement among volunteers to get everything done, from phoning for donations to teams heading out to pound in signs. This time we have the same office we used in the 2008 election and it feels like home. Starting today I’ll be posting a series of videos during the campaign showing from the inside how a campaign operates and who are the key people who make it all run. No candidate can even compete effectively without the countless volunteers and managers who make it all tick. So, before all the madness begins, here’s a look at the campaign office before it gets…

Landlords To A Ghost

Posted on March 29, 2011

One of my favourite authors in earlier years was Lloyd C. Douglas. In his best-selling novel Magnificent Obsession he noted, “If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost.” The observation came back to me when I heard what Stephen Harper said to a crowd of about 300 in Brampton, Ontario at the start of this campaign. Read it carefully because it is telling. “Friends, we are living in a fragile global recovery. Yes, Canada is doing relatively well, but a sea of troubles is lapping at our shores, disaster in the Pacific, chaos in the Middle East, debt problems in Europe and of course very serious challenges south…


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