The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “individuals

Shaken, But Not Stirred

Posted on July 14, 2016

I SPENT THIS LAST WEEK IN SCOTLAND, and it was clear from the places I visited that people feel swept up in an array of key events that left them at a loss at their own individual place in it all. The Chilcot Report was released on my first day there and everywhere people were glued to their screens, mostly angered that they had been duped into supporting a war that Sir John Chilcot himself concluded was driven more by ideology than information. People were discussing the implications of Brexit wherever I journeyed, including a fish and chips spot where two people in the booth next to us bemoaned the reality that they had no idea what would happen next. This is the world…

Liberalism – Up Close and Personal

Posted on July 7, 2010

It was a humorous exercise to gauge the National Post’s reaction to these recurring posts on rethinking Liberalism.  Writer Lorne Gunter claimed today that he used to be a Liberal but that the party eventually became too elitist for him.  He cites Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau as elitists and states the party has moved too far from the people. There remains this overall penchant in Canadian politics towards absolutism. When the PM broke repeated campaign promises and placed a boatload of friends as senators, was that not elitist?  When the Conservatives came within a breath of contempt of Parliament for repeatedly refusing the will of the House, was that not elitist?  A billion dollars for the G8/G20 and some three billion dollars for…