SUMMER 2016 - In the past few weeks we have been watching with perplexing interest the election cycle unfolding in the United States. Among colleagues and friends we have also conversed about the topic of masculinity and politics; the challenges faced by women when running for public office and the rather disturbing patterns, self-evident for anyone paying attention, shown by some men running for office in America. No doubts there’s complexity involved here, for to become an elected official to any office, whatever level it may be, let alone the highest one in a given country, candidates must possess certain essential qualities, values and world-views that thoughtful and reasonably intelligent people can relate to, and of course some competency skills that would be critical in the performance of their duties, if elected.
AMERICA - It would appear that on this electoral cycle, our neighbours to the South face some stark choices; but then, in such a diverse country of 350 million people, choices have been on the menu for a long time. What is worrisome however is the candidates running for the presidency; neither one particularly compelling, yet, each one offering a deeply contrasting platform. One that is rather dark and apocalyptic, and the other one, a positive, uplifting and pragmatic path to move the country forward. The tone of this electoral cycle in America has been seasoned with lies and deceptions – and a tendency to exaggerate what may or may not be true, in some instances, in a rather hateful atmosphere, occasionally reminding us of entities such as Mussolini, Pinochet and other unsavory historical characters. Indeed, men and politics; perhaps we should say, men & power, its use, its purpose and its abuses. One would hope in November Americans choose wisely.
A CULTURE of SOLIDARITY - We believe that our times demand a strong dose of generosity, and a consistent effort to right the many wrongs facing our world these days; whether you are in the so called “Rust-Belt” in the United States, or the inner cities of Edmonton, Toronto, or Vancouver, or the shanty towns of Rio, Calcutta or Harare. Too many of our fellow humans are suffering the neglect of an economic system that haven’t put people at the centre of its endeavours, and as it has been well demonstrated, benefit few, creating grotesque inequalities, and savage pockets of poverty and misery.
LEADERSHIP - In our opinion; what’s the moment demands from our leaders is a bold new vision of a more just, fair, democratic and humane society. A society that in the words of Rev. William Barber requires a “moral revolution of values”… A renewed society that has at its very core, an inclusive, diverse and strong “we” – for, if our societies and our planet is to have a future at all, that’s where we must begin; caring for one another, showing respect for one another; valuing one another and tirelessly working to create the essential conditions that foster healthy individuals and communities.; in short, a village, many villages that actually care, not just by saying they do, but, by showing they do. First Lady Michelle Obama also spoke eloquently last week on this very topic; we believe as we do with Rev. Barber, we need to listen carefully to their words, and pay close attention to their journey and deeds.
THE FUTURE - As Americans continue on their march to E-Day November 08, 2016, climate change remains one of the most pressing issues of our times. Resilience and adaptation is gradually becoming the “new normal” ... In our province, notwithstanding the economic challenges and perhaps because of it, our Premier Rachel Notley leads with grace & clarity and creativity towards a better future for Albertans – not an easy task at the best of times. We remain convinced that her perseverance and transparent leadership will win the day, for gradually many of her electoral promises are becoming a reality. The next provincial election is in 2019 – we hope by then, the new chapter Premier Notley started on May 2015 with her remarkable election victory becomes a refreshing inspiration for a new generation of our fellow citizens, to take her dreams, further.
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