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Glen Pearson

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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…

Fire in the Eyes

Posted on December 19, 2017

The old scriptures tell of how Moses, over 100 years of age at the time of his death, stood on a mountain overlooking the Promised Land and “his eyes were not weak.” Yet, despite that great advantage, the legendary Jewish leader passed on, never able to enjoy what he had seen and dreamed of for most of his life. I thought of that story again a couple of days ago when I learned that Gina Barber, politician, activist and author, passed away of cancer. The outpouring of collective grief and thankfulness for her influence was remarkable in its own way, with many chronicling personal stories of her effect on their lives. I have one of my own, and it’s as recent as two weeks…

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…

  

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