The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Too Good to Last

Posted on April 7, 2016

IT WAS ONLY A MONTH AGO WHEN ROLLING STONE magazine declared in a feature article titled, Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders: The Good Fight, that “Hillary and Bernie have waged campaigns full of vision, ideas and promise – and have shown us the best in American politics.” Most of America seems infatuated at the worrying spectacle of the Republican primary campaign – a fascinating intrigue unlike anything seen in recent memory. Any policy pronouncement has tended to come wrapped in some kind of slam against an opponent or a simplistic concept bearing little understanding of its complexities. While all this was going on, the Democratic Party debates were fluid and probing affairs full of substance and intriguing ideas – just as Rolling Stone stated.…

Can Canada Afford Its Dreams? Follow the Money

Posted on March 22, 2016

IT’S BUDGET DAY, AND ONGOING POLLING SPEAKS to significant amounts of support for the new Trudeau government. The new PM himself has hinted that he is prepared to help lead a reinvigorated progressive movement internationally. It’s still early days, but it’s difficult to deny that the initial impressions of Justin Trudeau internationally have been favourable. To be one of the leaders of global progress, however, Trudeau has to show that his ideas work at home, and on this particular budget day that will be a tall order. We’ll hear the usual spin from politicians, economists, media pundits, and interest groups on the budget’s effects. People will debate the size of the proposed deficit, the effectiveness of investment in infrastructure, and how Canada has to…

Millennials Put the Positive Back Into Politics

Posted on April 25, 2015

My article in today’s London Free Press, for April 25, 2015.  You can link to the original article HERE. “I’M NOT A PARTISAN LIKE MY FOLKS WERE,” she said in reflection. “I just want politics to work and I don’t see why it can’t. Most of us want the same basic things, right?” Interestingly, the older generation isn’t all that partisan either, and, as we saw in the last column, they are checking out of the “gotcha” form of politics as fast as anyone else. Yet the emphasis on making things “work” is perhaps the key desire of my 41-year old friend’s generation in their view of politics. Part of a cohort called the “MIllennials” and born in the span between the early-1980s to the…

A Populist With Punch

Posted on January 7, 2015

SOMEHOW THE COUNSEL OF THOMAS JEFFERSON doesn’t seem too dated anymore: “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed interest.” It’s an insight Elizabeth Warren would readily adhere to over two centuries later. And who can blame her, given the troubling rise of Wall Street again. The crippling economic crisis of only a few years ago, largely precipitated by Wall Street’s incompetence, was supposedly a wake up call to all of us. Those initial attempts at regulation to keep it from happening again have been the object of numerous complaints from financial executives who claim that such constraints only serve to keep the economy from effectively recovering. For financial institutions,…

Questions

Posted on October 19, 2011

As stated in yesterday’s post, I feel no need to question the protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement as to their reasons for taking their concerns over financial injustice to the streets. They have effectively shown that some citizens are taking notice and are reacting by speaking out. What will become of all this we aren’t really sure. Columnist Chantel Hebert wrote a strong column in regards to these protests that I think must be addressed. The title of her piece gives you the idea: “Want Real Change? Hit the Ballot Box Instead of the Streets.” Try as we might, it’s a logic that can’t be argued with. Consider what she writes as she extrapolates on her argument. The typical profile of the…

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