It was Aboriginals -- through the Idle No More movement, through the frustration of youth, through a wave of new voices across the country, through their AFN leadership -- who raised their voices, went into the street, took personal action, seized every opportunity to speak up. Their message? Our system is being changed in a profound way. Democratic permission has not been given for such changes. Parliament has been denied its fundamental responsibility of free speech; that is, of normal, full debate. And this to an unprecedented degree.
John Ralston Saul
John Ralston Saul is an author, essayist, and public intellectual. Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine and included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. Saul has received many awards and prizes, including Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal. He is International President of PEN International and co-founder and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He has published 14 works, the most recent of which are A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, the novel Dark Diversions, and The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence, which is nominated for the Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
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