The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Payette Speech Should Spark Serious Reflection

Posted on November 24, 2017

Her speech was bound to raise the ire of many, but when Governor General Julie Payette spoke to the respected Canadian Science Policy Centre convention two weeks ago it’s likely she was unaware of the response it would generate. Yet, she’s been dealing with it ever since. Before proceeding further, I should declare that I had penned a National Newswatch article following her appointment that praised Payette’s selection, revelled in her life of remarkable accomplishments, and concluded that she was, indeed, a woman of her times. I should also state that I’m a person of religious faith who rejoices in her scientific advancements. Yet, after viewing her speech a number of times, I grew to understand how she got into some hot water. It…

Public Good Without the Facts

Posted on June 23, 2015

WHEN ALLAN GREGG DELIVERED THE Knowles-Woodsworth lecture at the University of Winnipeg 18 months ago, his speech created much introspection on where Canada is going. Yet the well-known pollster, television interviewer, and political pundit, began with who were are as a people before launching into his concerns of who we might become. He spoke of how we were a nation of facts, data, progressive thought, and directed by research for public policy decisions. Such dependence on evidence-based data and relevant statistics had served us well for decades, helping Canada to stand somewhat apart from other countries through its unique balancing of social justice and economic health. But no sooner had he said that than he got to nitty-gritty: “It seems as though our government’s…

True North

Posted on February 24, 2010

Well, Conservative Maxime Bernier really let the cat out of the bag. By concluding in La Presse that he believed there is no consensus on global warming, the former Foreign Affairs minister effectively ripped the cover off of his party’s discipline enforced code of silence. That discipline was necessary because it permitted the Conservative government to communicate in double-speak to the electorate, effectively enough confusing them as to where the governing party truly stood on the issue of the environment. By speaking out against environmental alarmism, Bernier himself raised the climate change stakes to an alarmingly new level. He’s was way off on this, but in a world of illusion over substance, it doesn’t really matter. Opposition members say Bernier truly mirrors Stephen Harper’s…


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