The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “protest

Making America Grate Again

Posted on February 14, 2017

Depending on how one looks at it, the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the office of President could be one of the best things to happen to the United States and beyond in some time. Call it “Making America Grate Again,” or “Mourning in America,” but the dynamic nation just to the south of us is experiencing an age of angst and energy that hasn’t been seen in more than a generation. A couple of observations from comedian George Carlin come to mind. “In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.” He went on to note, “That’s why they call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Well, the United States is many things at the moment,…

After the Voices Are Gone

Posted on July 2, 2015

WE ARE SPENDING THIS WEEK UP in northern Ontario, volunteering at an autism camp for kids, once again learning of our own limitations and the remarkable young lives, with the support of family, that battle autism every day. Yesterday we celebrated Canada Day ensconced in natural wonders – lakes, trees, fish, a riveting lightning storm, and beautiful sunsets. We spent the afternoon at a small town fair, celebrating the holiday. It’s the Canada we envision at its best. But something’s not quite right. Water levels are off. Wildlife is growing confused as it adapts to new patterns. Climate change is not only altering the landscape but also challenging its inhabitants. We all sense it, yet as citizens we can’t just adapt; we must overcome,…

Mandela and Politics – The Art of Protest

Posted on December 12, 2013

It was quite a day.  Just as many of us were settling down to commemorate Mandela’s funeral, word came that Kellogg’s, a major food plant in London, was shutting down with the loss of some 500 jobs.  It was all so bittersweet, and made all the more difficult by the intrusion of politics into both situations in a manner that took attention away from a great individual and from some 500 other productive citizens.  When President Zuma of South Africa rose to speak, the loud chorus of “boos” filled the stadium and took away from what the day was supposed to be about.  He had political enemies and they opted to act on a day in which they should have just observed and reflected.…

On Protest and Power

Posted on March 25, 2012

The rush to the middle is killing the historical political construct – Thomas Mulcair’s victory as the new leader of the NDP assures it. The lack of political identity, I have come to believe, is part of what is turning Canadians off from politics. I know about the partisan bickering, the occasional scandal, voter suppression, and the permanent campaign, but these alone wouldn’t be enough to turn almost half of this country off from voting. A further contributing factor is that Canadians have reached a conclusion they hadn’t in times previous – politics is all about … politics. Real political debate has been missing for years, having lost much of its meaning for the left, the centre, and the right.  Some viewed such ideological…