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Revisited – “A Failure to Evolve”: In Defense of Glenn Thibeault

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 22, 2014 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness

Glenn Thibeault

In all of the ink that was spilled last week about Glenn Thibeault’s astonishing defection from the federal NDP to the Ontario Liberal Party, one question, to me, remained tantalizingly unasked: why would the MP for Sudbury suddenly bolt his party and cross the floor?

(Full disclosure: I recently switched my own political allegiance from the NDP to the Liberal party.)

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Interviews · Ontario Politics · Politics

“A Failure to Evolve”: In Defense of Glenn Thibeault

Glenn Thibeault

In all of the ink that was spilled last week about Glenn Thibeault’s astonishing defection from the federal NDP to the Ontario Liberal Party, one question, to me, remained tantalizingly unasked: why would the MP for Sudbury suddenly bolt his party and cross the floor?

(Full disclosure: I recently switched my own political allegiance from the NDP to the Liberal party.)

Continue reading ““A Failure to Evolve”: In Defense of Glenn Thibeault”

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The Road to Ferguson and The Road Not Taken

John Graves Simcoe, Governor of Upper Canada, circa 1795
John Graves Simcoe, Governor of Upper Canada, circa 1795

Today, even though it is American Thanksgiving Day, I want to give thanks for an historical figure who is currently being portrayed as a dastardly villain on a popular American television series: John Graves Simcoe.

Simcoe fell from grace in Hollywood because he was a successful  British military commander whose infantry regiment fought to suppress the American Revolution.

But a few years after losing that war, Simcoe returned to North America as the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, where he provided leadership that was truly steadfast, and even visionary.

For some reason Simcoe was that rare creature: a privileged white Englishman who early saw slavery for the evil abomination it so truly was.

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