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From the Canadian Blogosphere: Terrible Depths and The Parallel Parliament

March 26, 2009

Here at Canada’s World, we’ve been undertaking a gradual campaign to expand our blog roll, which can be seen over on the right. The mission, at least as I understand it, is to find blogs a bit like ours – ones that discuss Canada’s place in the world from a reasonably non-partisan perspective.

No problem, right? Well, perhaps I’ve simply been looking in all the wrong places, but I’ve been keeping an eye out for good prospects and so far the pickings have been rather thin. Foreign blogs tend not to talk very much about Canada, for obvious reasons, and Canadians who write about the rest of the world often do so without reference to Canada – which isn’t really what we’re looking for – and/or appear to have taken some kind of blood-curdling loyalty oath to either the Legions of Liberalism or the Cohorts of Conservatism.

That’s why I’ve been absolutely delighted to recently discover two really good, substantive Canadian blogs that have plenty to say about international affairs. One of them is Terrible Depths by Rev Dave, an Ottawa writer who frequently leaves comments here at Canada’s World and posts on his own blog about Afghanistan, Canada’s border policies, and much else besides. His latest is a fascinating piece on the phenomenon of military funding to Canadian academics, and how it may distort discussion of issues like the Afghan mission. As I said in his comment thread, I’m sure the military isn’t the only group that indulges in this sort of thing. However, it’s something Canadians ought to be aware of.

My other blogospheric discovery is The Parallel Parliament, by Liberal MP Glen Pearson. This is a choice that might seem to stretch the notion of non-partisanship, but the point is that Pearson’s blog is thoughtful,  broad-minded and respectful of opposing perspectives. He doesn’t simply bellow talking points. Pearson is very interested in Canada’s global affairs, and he writes about them from a well-informed and statesmanlike vantage point. Lately he’s been addressing the topic of foreign aid, and specifically the redirection of Canadian aid away from Africa. This is an important subject we haven’t really discussed on our blog, and Pearson’s thoughts are well worth reading.

Dear Reader, I hope you’ll find time to check out both Glen Pearson and Rev Dave. And if you have a blog you think we CanWorlders might be interested in, please let us know!


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  1. March 26, 2009 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the link – I’ve actually put a link to Canada’s World on my own site previously, because I think you’re absolutely right about the need for a non-partisan forum of discussion from multiple perspectives on Canada and world affairs – and so far I have to say that this is really the only place that I can find that.

    Werner Patels, who under most circumstances I’d lump into that “Cohort of Conservatism” you describe earlier, wrote a post a couple weeks ago complaining that blogging was descending into intolerant ideological bickering. That has too often – though certainly far from always – been my experience, as well.

    So, best of luck with the ongoing experiment here, and I’ll continue to come by and comment when I feel I have something to contribute to the discussion.

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