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Glen Pearson

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Seeing and Changing: Canada’s Next Step

Posted on November 10, 2015

WE MIGHT BE WITNESSING A DIFFERENT COUNTRY in the making, though we can’t be sure for some time yet. Nevertheless, something seems to have altered. It’s true that Justin Trudeau won a convincing election victory and enjoyed a terrific day for being sworn into office. But the yearning for change might be forming beneath these more public events. For the first time in a decade the country’s premiers have been included en mass in some of our most serious challenges. Our new Prime Minister sent out that signal immediately by inviting the premiers and territorial leaders to accompany him to the global climate change conference in Paris. Provinces are being consulted again on everything from refugee settlement to the prioritization of indigenous affairs. Dig…

Election 2015: Citizens and Power

Posted on October 14, 2015

IT’S BECOMING CLEAR THAT THINGS ARE MOVING dynamically in this final week in the run-up to the election. Interest is growing. Voters are changing their minds. The media are having a field day. But on October 20, with the election done, everything settles back into that one great goal: the possession of power. A feeling develops in Ottawa that the winners have been legitimized by a process of voting that now gives them sway to carry out their own designs. It’s as if democracy is all about the vote and never about the four years following. There’s been much hoopla about the increase in advance voting as compared to the last election, and it is encouraging. As citizens we are coddled, prompted to dream,…

Election 2015: Going To The Place You Miss

Posted on September 22, 2015

I HAD COFFEE WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS I meet with occasionally at a local coffee shop. Some were retired, but easily half of them were still in their careers. The topics of conversation often vary widely, but on this occasion they were focused on the recent federal political debate from Calgary. And they were troubled. It would be fair to say that the majority of the group came from the progressive conservative persuasion. Their parents had voted that way and they just kind of stayed on with it. Most had voted for Brian Mulroney in the 1980s. But the recent version of conservatism expressed by the present federal government was driving them to distraction. They viewed it as austere, too politically partisan, and…

Election 2015: Now For Some Good News

Posted on September 11, 2015

ELECTIONS ARE MOST OFTEN ABOUT PROBLEMS, as they should be – a government’s legacy is on trial. And the coming federal election has had more than the usual share of difficulties. There were the expected: corruption in government, economic upheaval, the bottoming out of oil prices and the sliding Canadian dollar, severe privacy in the PMO, the cross purposes between the feds and the provinces.  And then the unexpected: our meager response to the refugee crisis has placed a certain urgency into the things that trouble us. There are those times, however, when we should consider just how fortunate enough we are that we – average citizens – possess the ability to alter our fate, to set a new course, to recapture meaningful politics…

Election 2015: Fear and Elections

Posted on September 2, 2015

AUTHOR JEREMY ALDANA NOTES, “Insecurities have the ability to shape and mold our minds to live with things we otherwise wouldn’t accept, thus creating pain.” With the rise of rogue terrorist groups carrying out their actions around the world, we can easily get the sense that we are vulnerable, that all isn’t well with the world, and that, if we’re not careful, we could be placed in danger. Modern elections are all about this propensity for fear and insecurity, and, to be sure, such threats carry weight in any campaign. Trouble emerges, however, when political parties, especially those with an authoritarian bent, opt to use election seasons to rouse up fears in the voters instead of hope and creativity. In such a state of…

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