The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “Ottawa


Posted on March 18, 2014

In his Inertia Variations, John Tottenham, includes a section called “A View From a Hill,” in which he concludes: I am not yet quite over it. I am lying down on top of it. Surveying behind me a wasteland Of dried-up promise. While the lights below twinkle With dull mocking uncertainty. There isn’t much left to look forward to, And the looking forward of the past has been belied. My family and I had one of those very experiences last week as we visited Ottawa and skated along the Rideau Canal – a family ritual.  It had been two years since I had been to my old stomping grounds and I found myself wondering how I’d feel about seeing Parliament Hill once more. As…

Canada’s Game of Thrones

Posted on April 23, 2012

Game of Thrones – a popular book series now made into a television series. It’s about power and the never-ending pursuit of it, the endless hankering for it, and the fallout from the endless battles. Kind of like our present brand of Canadian politics. See the link below to read my latest Huffington Post piece.

The Bigger Things

Posted on September 19, 2011

My wife caught me off-guard. We were driving to Ottawa with the kids at the end of August for what was to be my final caucus meeting for the federal Liberal party. As we neared what was my home away from home for almost five years, Jane said, “Doesn’t this make you feel odd?” Truthfully, it didn’t. Ottawa is a marvelous city, and serving in Parliament was a deep honour, but it was over for me and I was happily moving on. Later, as we talked over tea, Jane said it was sad that I wasn’t in Parliament, fighting for the “bigger things” and that she missed that for me. She always felt that I had a unique role to play in the federal…

Frontier Town

Posted on April 15, 2010

Those who travel extensively inevitably begin defining countries by their key cities.  Two weeks ago I was in New York City for UN meetings, and walking through Manhattan you could sense things were different from just a few years ago.  The place was friendier, helpful, and construction cranes were everywhere.  These were likely the legacies of 9/11 and the more robust mood emanating from the Obama outlook on the world. When people came to Ottawa in times previous, they came away with key memories that essentially defined Canada for them – remarkably open, institutional, nothing too exciting, and above all cold. It was a postcard of historic buildings, bustling with bureaucrats, enhanced by key waterways, and always touched by bilingualism. Talk to anyone who…


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