The Parallel Parliament

by Glen Pearson

Tag: political alienation

Community Engagement Podcast (8) – The Perils of Political Distance

The longer someone stays in politics, the more remote they become from their home constituencies.  The throb of political life these days occurs at the centres of power, not in our scattered communities.  The farther away power gets from those places where we live, the more irrelevant it becomes – a natural consequence.  Colonial America had to deal with a British government that was centred across an ocean.  In Canada, it feels like a similar chasm exists between Ottawa, even our provincial capitals, and our home communities.  It’s time we fought for some recognition.

Just hit the play button below to listen to the five-minute podcast.

Community Engagement Podcast (7) – Against Our Wishes

We might very well be walking the road to greater independence of our respective communities if the more senior levels of government don’t stop treating them like distant cousins.  None of us wants this.  We would prefer a place at the table, maybe even some constitutional reform that would recognize that some 80% of Canadians now live in cities and it’s time that reality took on deeper resonance in our form of federalism.

Just click on the audio link below to hear the five-minute podcast.

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