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Glen Pearson

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Books

Posted on September 11, 2013

Sometimes falling ill has its own rewards.  My medical complications a year ago meant that I mostly missed out on a relaxing summer and I was determined to make up for it this year.  I have been working hard to finish off a number of books I’ve been writing over the course of the last couple of years and I’m glad to say that they are all completed.  You’ll find a list of them below.  I’m occasionally asked where people can get copies of the books and the links below will help point in the right direction.   From Canada to Brazil, California to China, Catherine O’Hara takes on an odyssey that will change how she views the world of politics. As Minister for…

Even the Queen Gets It

Posted on November 30, 2012

As she looked out over the lands from her Sandringham estate, Queen Elizabeth II came to a conclusion. It was 1995 and she had witnessed enough changes over the past decade to convince her that something was altering the environment, likely climate change. Spring was arriving three weeks earlier than it did when she was first crowned a half-century earlier. No one ever doubted her commitment to the Dominion, especially during times of war and tension, but this represented an entirely new challenge and she felt the responsibility to do something about it. In her weekly meeting with Tony Blair at the time (2004), the monarch raised the issue of global warming and her concern that the American position of George W. Bush at…

The Real Economy Feels The Pain

Posted on November 4, 2011

In his recent article, Andrew Coyne’s rather dubious perspective on the Occupy Wall Street protestors amounted to something of a defence of the economic status quo in Canada. After years of encouraging this country’s leaders to shape up and draw closer to our more powerful neighbour to the south, he unfurled a series of reasonings stating the opposite – we are not America and because of our more sound fiscal protections we should keep our distance during turbulent times. In some senses it’s hard to argue with that logic. What strikes me though is how he completely misses the urgency of the Canadian context and thus the true essence of the Canadian protests. By terming it a “phony class war” he guaranteed himself a…

The Real Economy Travels Together

Posted on November 2, 2011

Whatever became of public transportation? You know, the kind we heard about a few decades ago that was to transform how we as people would get around? We were a big country with a small population and we were going to show the world how to travel together. It was a promise never to be fulfilled. The age of the car, and affluence, and the suburbs took us in the opposite direction. Citizens not only left inner cities, they fled, seeking bigger homes, more luxurious cars, and suburban streets wider than country roads. Avenues were built to accommodate that flight, and the tax dollars required to service the new homes placed untold demands on civic administrations. Coupled with the downloading of responsibilities from more…

Citizenship – “Illiberal Democracy”

Posted on August 10, 2011

As mentioned in a previous post, the Chilean elite work diligently to resist the kind of changes that would be required to bring about social equity, environmental sustainability, and have developed a tradition of suppressing smaller and medium-sized businesses that could pose a threat to their holdings. What else would we expect? As in Chile, the United States, or wherever, a key sector of Canadian elites will do their best to maintain a status quo that protects their investments. We all do this to one degree or another; it’s human nature. One of the key ways elites attempt to maintain security is to undermine anything that might limit their reach. This is especially true of government – the one group that can enact legislation…

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