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Wounded Warrior

Posted on June 24, 2018

I caught his stare as I was brought into the House of Commons for the first time and just couldn’t read it.? It was late-2006, shortly after I had won a by-election as a Liberal in London, Ontario.? Paul Dewar had entered the House as a newcomer for the NDP only a few months before.? I had known of him prior to my political tenure, but seeing his face that day left me with no doubt that he was a fighter of some kind. A couple of hours later we passed one another in the Opposition Lobby and he introduced himself.? Taller than me, he looked vigorous, contained, and somewhat intense.? We sat on the same side of the House and frequently voted the…

Canada-U.S. Relations: Rising Tides

Posted on March 7, 2016

CANADA VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE this week and behind all the glitz and glamour naturally produced by two leaders who effectively know how to work a crowd are issues that will take a lot more than popularity to address. We’ll consider some of these in the next few posts, starting with perhaps our greatest challenge. Both Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama got lots of press at the Paris climate change summit last November. They got along well and agreed the time had come to raise the game between the two nations regarding climate change. The buzz from the agreement still moved through the streets of the great French city when I was there in January. But while all this is going on, environmental decline…

The Art of Connecting

Posted on June 26, 2012

Poet Robert Frost used to say, “I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” That’s one of the great things about poetry – it registers in the minds and hearts of people even before it is understood. All who love poetry know exactly what I’m talking about. You don’t have to “get it” at first reading to be moved by it. Citizen engagement is like that. Some people attend such exercises merely to show off their intelligence, sometimes actually demonstrating the opposite. But the majority come to such gatherings with a sense of expectation, a belief that perhaps something might come of all the effort. ReThink London is like that, too. The more sessions we have,…


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