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Glen Pearson

Director, London Food Bank, former Member of Parliament

Glen Pearson is director of the London Food Bank and assists with development projects in Sudan. A father of seven, he is a former member of Parliament and was the critic for international cooperation for the Liberal Party. Pearson lives in
London, Ontario.
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Mike Robinson Proved That Personality Matters In Politics

It seemed like everyone in Ottawa knew Mike Robinson far better than I did. And yet, like everyone else, I had been touched by his healthy and warm personality in ways that were unusual in that city. His greatest gift to us all, important or, like me, less so, is the sense of goodness and fairness he left us in a world where cut and thrust are essential tools of the trade. He was good in every way that we could possibly imagine that word.
07/04/2016 07:24 EDT
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Democracy Was The Ultimate Victim Of The House Of Commons Antics

As the leading elected official, the prime minister erred significantly, and his subsequent apologies contain a hint of his awareness of how Parliament was belittled through his action. And when NDP members sought to keep the Opposition Whip from proceeding down the aisle with his government counterpart, they too played their own erring part in the twisted plot.
05/20/2016 09:13 EDT
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For The Federal NDP: Power Or Purpose, Which Is It?

The belief in a fairer and more just world, never fully prioritized by the other parties, has been the shining "city on a hill" for the NDP for decades and remains a stirring vision. It still sustains them as they move forward and Canadians still require their outlook. The question is: will it remain their principal and overriding passion or will their recent nearness to power have them seeking more power than purpose?
04/12/2016 04:19 EDT
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Eradicating Poverty Will Require A Shift From Charity To Justice

As Martin Luther King Jr. saw it, to those living on the margins of our communities, acts of charity and compassion should be our very first response to meet the need. But then there is the next stage. What caused it? Who is responsible? How can we change things at their source so that acts of charity are not as required as those where we help those who begin to find their footing?
02/26/2016 10:26 EST
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The Davos Man: We Are All Inheriting The Whirlwind

Over the decades anyone who's a mover or shaker, along with those wishing to be, appear in Davos in a fascinating attempt at reading the global tea leaves. We know who they are and their ranks have grown to include celebrities -- actors, singers, authors -- who mix with the traditional grouping of financiers, politicians, and non-profit leaders.
01/25/2016 11:17 EST
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Trudeau's Gender-Balanced Cabinet Is A Victory For Us All

Justin Trudeau cast aside all that prevailing wisdom and just went for it, appointing a cabinet with a 50-50 gender split. What happened to all that having to wait for the slow movement of history? The reality of course is we can never use history as a lame excuse but as an opportunity to transcend it.
11/04/2015 04:09 EST
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Justin Trudeau's Victory Trumps His Father's

When Justin Trudeau was elected in 2008 it was clear to everyone that he could never be destined for the backbenches. They sat Justin Trudeau directly behind me in the House and for almost three years I got a ringside view of his development. His rhetoric, at times bawdy, nevertheless carried intensity in the Parliamentary chamber. I was asked more frequently than I could count whether he was the real deal or just his father's son. My answer was always the same: both.
10/21/2015 08:17 EDT
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This Federal Election May Be the Beginning of Our Turnaround

Could we as a people, despite our many distinctions, be giving birth to a new kind of revolutionary optimism, to the belief we recognize that the political estate can only be as collaborative, visionary, or as engaged as we are? If so, and if the advanced polls are any indication, we could be building our own "Field of Dreams," but with one great distinction.
10/14/2015 12:12 EDT
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It's Tough to Celebrate Labour Day Without Work

As Canada celebrates Labour Day weekend, there are important questions concerning Gandhi's premise that we must begin asking ourselves. For example, how do we deal with a world of wealth without work? Upon entering an era of ironies, we find ourselves forced to deal with some increasing contradictions -- employability replaces employment, people without jobs, jobs without people, numerous part-time jobs replacing full-time ones, employment numbers going down because people have stopped looking for work altogether.
09/07/2015 08:00 EDT
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This Federal Election Will Be About the Voters

Despite the fact that Canadians are in the deep and lazy days of summer, there has been more interest in the federal election campaign that many believed unlikely. It's not due to the parties, their leaders, or their policies. With most of the election still ahead of us, those aspects will likely become more prominent. No, it's likely that healthy attention to this election season is due to a kind of restless desire amongst Canadians for change. This could well be the real story of Canada's 42nd federal campaign. It's not really about who is chosen but the choosers themselves.
08/12/2015 12:11 EDT
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Del Mastro Isn't the Problem, Politics Is

He looked at me through moist eyes and wanted me to know how delighted he was that our adopted kids from South Sudan had arrived and were seated in the visitor's gallery above the parliamentary chamber. Question Period had just concluded and his face had been a mixture of anger, mockery and clear disdain the entire time, and yet here he was, one of Stephen Harper's attack dogs, fighting back tears and being touchingly human.These thoughts came back to me as I watched the video of Dean Del Mastro being led into a paddy wagon following his conviction for electoral fraud in the 2008 federal election.
06/25/2015 06:19 EDT
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In Politics, Shadow Deals Aren't So Easy Anymore

People are just tired of being at the wrong end of an equation that rewards established wealth while hollowing out the opportunities for the average citizen. It's not so easy to govern anymore behind the veil of complexity and secrecy, and that's just as it should be in a democracy.
06/19/2015 04:04 EDT
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What Happened in Alberta? Look No Further Than Frustrated Citizens

Everyone has an opinion on what happened in Alberta, and, as usual, commentators delight in centering in on party politics to determine what really happened. But the real story is to be found in the collective frustrations of citizens themselves and how the once happy claimants to a prosperous province nevertheless pivoted in a fashion that still smacks of the unbelievable.
05/06/2015 05:16 EDT
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Lester Pearson Would Have Scoffed at the Federal Budget

Today Canadians celebrate Lester Pearson's birthday. Even as we reflect back on the kind of leader he was and the growing capacities of Canada that he helped to create, we become aware that somewhere between then and now we lost our edge, our diversified global influence, and, sadly, our belief in the public good.
04/22/2015 01:15 EDT
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Gandhi Warned of Seven Sins. It Seems We Ignored Him

Shortly before he was tragically assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi spoke of current troublesome trends that he eventually titled The Seven Sins. Over 60 years later, these seven blunders have been so institutionalized that they have been structured into modern society in ways that are endemic.
04/14/2015 12:45 EDT