Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Ottawa

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

We just posted this on Facebook, and wanted to share it here, too.


Hours after the last shots have died away, parliamentarians and staff are still in lockdown, out of an abundance of concern for safety and security.

It will end, of course, and there will be tears and relief tonight. But can we hope that there will also be a renewed appreciation for the women and men who bring Canadian democracy – imperfect as it is – to life?

From Members of Parliament and their staff, to the employees of the House of Commons, Senate and Library, to the security guards who came so readily to their defence this morning: all of these people make sacrifices large and small so that Canadians from all walks of life can have some say in our government, and some voice in our country’s future.

It has become an article of faith for some commentators that anybody involved in politics has their nose in the trough, that they’re only in this to line their pockets, that it’s a game to them and nothing else. And that narrative certainly serves anyone who wants to see the public sector and all it does wither away.

But it isn’t true. Of course there are corrupt individuals, mixed motives and bad behaviour. But as anyone knows who has worked with those seeking elected office, and those they employ, there are an overwhelming number of people in public life with a passionate desire to build a better, fairer society. The stress on their families can be enormous; the incessant criticism and personal attacks can be corrosive; the knowledge that progress is all too often incremental can be discouraging. And today, add to that list the threat of physical danger.

We are proud that we work with good, decent people who take on tough, challenging jobs. And we are proud to know that, once the dust settles from today’s horrors, they’ll be back on the job: in Parliament, in provincial and territorial legislatures, in city and town councils and on school boards across the country.

Let’s hope that the chorus attacking civic engagement can still its voices for just a little while. And let’s offer some appreciation for the honest work of democratic representation.

12 ways women can unlock the door to political decision-making

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

woman with keyInternational Women’s Day reminds us that, for women, a crucial part of the struggle for equality and justice is an equal voice in political decisions.

But if history teaches us anything, it’s that waiting for those backroom doors to swing wide isn’t a winning strategy.

Two years ago, I published an article in Campaigns and Elections Canada with a dozen ways women can unlock those doors – and make a difference once we’re inside. (more…)

NOW à Paris

Friday, November 26th, 2010

NOW staffers at the IAPC conference in ParisNOW-ers Robb Gibbs, Marie Della Mattia and Ron Johnson attended the International Association of Political Consultants 43rd Annual World Conference in Paris last week. Democracy Medal winner Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe delivered the keynote address highlighting the integral role the international community has held in fostering legitimate elections in developing democracies. “Democracy cannot flourish in isolation,” he said.

Speakers also included former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former Director of Government Information Service of France Theirry Saussez in a panel discussion on the challenges of communications for governments moderated by our own Marie Della Mattia.

Advisors to the leaders in Britain’s first ever televised leaders’ debates also shared their insights in prepare leaders to this intense scrutiny. At the end of the day, over 53% of the general population said these debates had an impact on who they voted for.

The 44th Annual IAPC World Conference will be held in Istanbul, November 17-20, 2011 so save the dates.