The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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“False Options” – Community Engagement Podcast (26)

Posted on August 9, 2013

Great citizens don’t latch out and grab onto rigid ideologies that bring on political warfare.  Great politicians don’t either.  No one party has all the truth.  Neither does any citizen, or group of citizens.  Yet as we become more impatient with the political structures of our land, we can often reflect the rigidity of hyper-partisan politics.  We must grow as citizens, and to do so will require humility and the admission that we have much to learn if we are to be effective.  Political professionals seek to introduce ideological certainty into politics.  Such things are false options and we require the on-the-ground sense of living and knowledge each citizen requires each day to live productive lives. Just click the audio button below to listen…

Haughty and Hungry

Posted on May 22, 2012

There was a time, not all that many years ago when Canada was a deeply respected world player, that the United Nations was the venue through which we applied our foreign policy. Unlike our neighbours to the south, who exhibited a certain scepticism toward the international organization, Canada would only sanction international actions once cleared through the Security Council. It was a pattern practiced by every prime minister, regardless of the party in power. There were advantages to this approach. Such constraint taught us the effective nuances of diplomacy and foreign service and kept us from striking out unilaterally in ways that could disturb fragile peace networks around the world. Certain vestiges of that approach remain, but our careful diplomacy has now been overrun…

Game On

Posted on October 6, 2011

Yesterday I received a phone call from a CTV reporter in another part of the country – a friend from the old days. He said he wanted to pick my brains about the Ontario election because he had been reading my recent blogs and wondered if I really believed progressivism was alive and well in this country. He was basing his argument on the belief that Canada is becoming more Conservative as the years pass, effectively isolating people like me in the process. I laughingly told him he had drunk too much Kool-aid. Why had he arrived at such a simplistic conclusion? Didn’t Prince Edward Island just finish an election in which Liberals, under Robert Ghiz, were returned with a majority government? What about…


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