The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Identity – Posterity

Posted on March 19, 2013

These recent posts have been about how we define and protect our collective identity – in our communities, country and the world.  But what about in centuries to come?  It’s an intriguing question. If in our efforts we fail to embed our narrative in history, what’s to become of our story, our exploits in improving our lives?  Will we be viewed as the generation that ultimately lost control of the delicate eco-balance of our planet? Will future historians write about how we defeated the tentacles of poverty through the revitalization of our communities?  The answer to those questions will determine how the future identifies us and whether we were the people who overcame tremendous challenges or, instead, just floated with the current into historical…

Preserving The Best In Us

Posted on April 16, 2012

He was good, real good. Spending this past weekend in Toronto with Michael Ignatieff and his wife Zsuszanna was a lesson to me in grace. They had been through a tumultuous few years and the kind of federal politics we have in Canada right now can take a severe toll. But as he and I conversed while touring through the ROM museum, he talked of how he loves teaching, of some of the writings he’s doing for various journals, and how he worries over some of the hot spots around the world. But it was more. He taught my kids how to use chopsticks at a lovely Chinese restaurant that he frequents to help it stay in business in a struggling economy. He worked…

On Camel Hair and Teaching

Posted on November 3, 2011

When I tweeted yesterday that Jane and I were on our way to share a class at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy with Michael Ignatieff, I was flooded with messages from folks feeling they wished they could have been a fly on the wall. Rightfully so. To witness him in a classroom in front of keen young minds is to gain an important perspective on why good teaching is important. I wondered how he would be, having not seen him since the election in May. He was remarkably at ease with his students. There were some 30 of them, Master’s students, very intelligent and likely headed for the policy departments of governments throughout Canada. I asked one student how she was…

Campaign Insider – “Michael’s In Town”

Posted on April 30, 2011

Michael Ignatieff appeared in London yesterday, donning a pair of Converse red running shoes and declaring he was ready for the dash to the finish. With only a few hour’s notice, it was a scramble to get ready for his arrival. Other than his voice being a little hoarse, he was far more energized than I thought he would be at the end of a gruelling and confusing campaign. The London West Liberal candidate Doug Ferguson and I had some time with him in his bus yesterday. Michael seemed casual and comfortable during the discussion, confessing that this was the kind of political campaign no one really saw coming. Then it was off to a flower shop, where he purchased his wife some flowers…

Jack Was Never In The Box

Posted on April 30, 2011

Michael Ignatieff toured through London yesterday, providing me some good discussions with a number of friends from the national media touring with him through this final leg of the 2011 campaign. A couple commented on how the Liberal leader had shown grace and poise in these last difficult days. “He’s really connected with average Canadians,” one of them noted, before going on to state that it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t have shaken the hands of over 30 million Canadians in a short five-week campaign. “There just wasn’t enough time,” he concluded. Milling among them, I was repeatedly asked if I had any light to shed on the NDP surge. Before I could answer, they first offered their own observations, ranging from, “Layton connects well…