The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Dignitas, Gravitas, Veritas

Posted on November 26, 2012

General Romeo Dallaire was in town last week to deliver the Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture on Human Rights at Western University’s Faculty of Law – an annual event. We hadn’t seen one another for 18 months and we both missed the days of working together on international issues in both the House of Commons and the Senate. He spoke to a packed lecture room filled with students, faculty, lawyers and just interested citizens.  Looking around the venue, I spotted Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, and one former Green Party candidate – an eclectic mix. It was all sponsored by Harrison Pensa – a well-known legal firm that crosses the political spectrum in practical ways that cooperate in order to better the local community – kind…

And Now For Some Good News

Posted on October 31, 2012

Everything seems to be about domestic issues at present, and it’s clear that there are plenty of them to occupy our attention. But things are happening elsewhere, and many of them are positive and uplifting. Most of you likely know that my wife Jane and I run a non-governmental organization that takes on relief and development projects in the Republic of South Sudan. Each year we travel to a region there that is situated near the border between north and south Sudan, as well as being located at the border with Darfur. It’s not easy work. Building schools, assisting a medical clinic, running music and art camps, funding women’s programs, providing goats to returning families, and working on a project that provides clean water…

The Life of Brian

Posted on October 25, 2010

For so many citizens, Brian Mulroney represents the past in this country.  This is what Stephen Harper is counting on.  Yet Mulroney’s personal difficulties aside, his nine years in office represented a kind of era that was one of this country’s crowning achievements in internationalism.  In a phrase: he was everything this present government isn’t.  While some surmise that the former PM is chagrined at the distant treatment he has received from the government, it could just as easily be true that he has rejected the present emanation of Conservatism specifically because of how it has sullied the Canadian image in the world.  We need to consider why that is so. Liberals dislike recognizing this fact, but it’s true: Brian Mulroney had an international…

Liberalism – Larger Than Life

Posted on August 17, 2010

When it comes to a profound influence in the world, liberalism has nothing to apologize for.  The majority of people we know don’t question freedom, rights, peace, equality, the power of the individual, or progressive societies.  These are the gifts of liberalism to Canada and the world, and even conservatives can’t contradict such triumphs of civilization. The problem for modern liberals is that these successes are now in the past.  To be sure, they are in need of constant refinement, but the basic premise is no longer in doubt.  There aren’t many liberals around these days writing groundbreaking books because the essential paths to progress have already been trod.  The present great task for liberals is not to develop a new vision but to…

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