The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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To Our New Council, With Love

Posted on November 13, 2014

LONDON, ONTARIO, CAN BE FORGIVEN FOR FEELING some wind in its sails, despite having passed through some difficult years. We have a new mayor, a mostly new city council, and a new spring in our step. Feels good. Those who were elected have a passion for their city and it’s not hard to spot. We need sound leadership if we are to proceed. And, in their desire to lead, they’ll need to follow the leadership of the community if they are to make the difference they obviously seek. So, here is my prayer for all of you, the new team, based on the clear respect for your stepping forward and the awareness of the challenges you face. First, please keep yourself. I’ve had a…

Our City

Posted on October 27, 2014

TODAY WE HEAD TO THE POLLS IN OUR CITY to select a new mayor, councillors, and school board trustees. Some will have no idea who to vote for until the last minute; others have been ready for months. Politics can bring out the best and worst, sometimes both, in our city, and elections can draw a community together for another four years or rip it apart for a painful period of time. But in the end, regardless of the quality of the candidates or the strengths and weaknesses of their platforms, the person who holds the ultimate power today is the voter – all of us. For the briefest moment in time we will be secluded, pencil in hand, and in that isolation will lie…

The Powers That Be

Posted on January 7, 2014

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW YEARS HAS COME the public announcement of some to run for politics.  In London, Ontario, a number of citizens who have currently observed from the sidelines have decided the occasion is right from them to enter the political arena.  Times are becoming more desperate and we require new blood in our politics if we are to drive change.  Who can doubt it?  The present management of our public estate has not only proved lackluster but self-defeating. Now that they’ve signed up, these aspiring politicians have a steep learning curve ahead of them.  For want of a better phrase, political life inevitably becomes a kind of “migrating” discipline.  In most cases it commences from a place among fellow citizens…

Old Bald Men

Posted on September 17, 2013

What could I say?  I stared at the younger man seated opposite a few months ago and was dumbfounded.  In fact, it was the only time since I departed politics that I can honestly say I was offended.  “The last thing we need right now is old bald men standing in the way.  You’ve had your chance at politics and it’s time you moved aside to let the younger generation in.” There was something obviously brash about the statement, but it was the sheer arrogance of the attitude that came across that might not bode well for politics.   Opinion and ideology have become the new vocabulary of the modern political structure, offering way more heat than light.  It reminds me of Jon Krakauer’s insight…

Identity – Beyond Politics

Posted on March 26, 2013

It was one of the most profound moments of my political life.  Two days following my election loss I took my son Ater for lunch.  When we entered the crowded food court at one of the local malls some people started clapping and soon most others joined in.  I was overwhelmed, leaning in closer to Ater.  It was all a little perplexing until one store owner took me aside, saying, “Know what that was about?  Until you got elected you were the food bank guy and we all love the food bank.  But when you became a politician you were a Liberal and right away people fell along party lines and saw you different because not all are of that persuasion.  Now that you’re…

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