National Newswatch

Can the Progressives Deliver a Plan or Even a Future?

Oct 18 2021 — Glen Pearson — The headline isn’t just some political or partisan question thrown out there as part of the everyday dialogue.  Across the world, democratic, progressive movements have their troubles.  Canada, a seeming bastion of security in an unsettled world, especially having just concluded an election, nevertheless contains enough disconcerting divisions to reckon the future as something uncertain. […]

Nostalgia or Reality

Sep 29 2021 — Glen Pearson — It ended up being my quiet recluse during my years as a Member of Parliament.  My office was on the fourth floor of West Bloc, and the larger window faced the bronze statue of Lester B. Pearson.  He sat, quiet and serene, legs crossed and looking out over the Commons. Frequently sitting on the bench […]

Politics in the Fast Lane

Sep 23 2021 — Glen Pearson — The federal election has just ended, and the routine examination of its entrails will continue for days, perhaps weeks.  There are hardly any new opinions that haven’t been expressed.  It wasn’t a contest for the ages, like Brian Mulroney’s sweeping 1984 victory, or even Justin Trudeau’s 2015 majority.  On the other hand, Trudeau’s win this […]

Never a Good Thing

Aug 27 2021 — Glen Pearson — It’s a mess, an unmitigated tragedy, and it’s just one of the many reasons Canadians are having trouble focusing on a general election.  COVID, economic uncertainty, climate change, poverty, and now what appears to be a debacle in a nation far away – all unfolding developments that refuse to let up, despite our postponed desire […]

When Nations Betray Their Ideals

Aug 11 2021 — Glen Pearson — In a global pandemic world, where billions are contained in restrictive confines, it’s easier to forget or overlook the 83 million people who have been displaced from their historic homes and spend their lives endlessly wandering. June 22 – World Refugee Day – came and went this year, raising hardly a ripple in public consciousness […]

Tumbling Across The Election Landscape

Aug 5 2021 — Glen Pearson — “Canada is at a critical moment, an inflection point where all of us have a responsibility to try to bend the arc of history in the right direction so that our children and their children enjoy the same quality of life and equality of opportunity that we have had. That will not happen if, collectively, we keep going […]

Anguish Across Two Continents

Jul 21 2021 — Glen Pearson — It’s the war few wish to talk about or summon from their memory.  One American general last week called it a “heartbreaking failure.” The war in Afghanistan was Canada’s longest and perhaps the most misunderstood.  For a time, it seized Parliament in Ottawa, brought the grief of losing loved ones directly to Canadian households, and […]

Precarious Days Ahead for Both our History and Our Future

Jul 7 2021 — Glen Pearson — Back in 2016, just as Donald Trump was putting together his plans to “Make America Great Again,” north of the border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his bold declaration: “Canada has no core identity.”  Many found it imaginative, evocative, even dangerous, but it was, in effect, telling the world that the Canada everyone thought they […]

The G7 and the Two Americas

Jun 17 2021 — Glen Pearson — So, it’s over.  Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin wrapped up their sessions in Geneva, Switzerland, and the deeper assessment of the American President’s foreign trip has begun.  He had quite a timetable: G7, Boris Johnson, Queen Elizabeth, the EU, NATO and, finally, the critical one-on-one with Putin. There are general developments that we can take […]

London, Quebec City and Our Social Pandemic

Jun 9 2021 — Glen Pearson — We remain a city in shock and dismay.  For London, Ontario, to be centre of global attention for the purposeful killing of a Muslim family is the cause of anguish.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, mayor and former Conservative MP Ed Holder, and other dignitaries were here yesterday to share in a community vigil.  For a […]

Our Sense of Patriotism Has Changed

May 19 2021 — Glen Pearson — It was becoming clear late last year that something as vast as our current pandemic had the power to reorder Canadian society in significant ways.  Though Covid-19 was global in scope, our worlds grew increasingly smaller and confined the longer the pandemic endured.  Big things were still going on in China, Russia, Ukraine, Myanmar, Britain […]

Ignoring the World’s Problem Will Only Increase our Own

Apr 27 2021 — Glen Pearson — Ten years ago, I was a member of the federal Foreign Affairs Committee, at a time when the country was still struggling to find its legs following the Great Recession.  Parliament was forever seized with domestic concerns and regional politics, the only exception being the conflict in Afghanistan and Canada’s tenure in that part of […]

Can an Election Alter the Post-Covid Reality?

Apr 13 2021 — Glen Pearson — With a federal budget announcement in the offing, can an election be far behind?  Coming out of the pandemic, so much about our politics will be tested.  Did it prove to be up to the COVID challenge? Will there be a clear direction for economic recovery?  Will there be a plan for debt recovery or […]

Is Canadian Politics Ready for the Post-Pandemic World?

Mar 30 2021 — Glen Pearson — It took Apple 42 years to reach $1 trillion in value and 20 weeks to get from that point to $2 trillion.  In that same amount of time, Tesla became the most valuable car company globally – worth more than Volkswagen, Daimler, Honda, and Toyota combined. The global economic output has increased fivefold since 1950.  […]