Justin and Peck

Every generation gets a chance to change the world

Pity the nation that won’t listen to your boys and girls

Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven’t heard

U2

I lost 30 twitter followers in a matter of minutes recently. It’s never happened that way before. A digital anomaly? Perhaps. I usually lose a few at a time and then gain a couple back. It’s tough building a following. I know this from experience. Losing those faithful few happened shortly after hearing Justin Trudeau speak in Georgetown, Ontario.

He was funny, terse and to the point on some serious issues. He spoke well and answered questions honestly. He was in a bit of a hurry and on his way to another event in Oakville and I wish we could have had a little more substantive dialogue, but it was a good start for me, as I look for ways to be more politically engaged.

I’m tired of the Conservative approach that seems to have little time for the other. Many of their policies are built on the bottom line and not on the sanctity of human life. The recent announcement about foreign aid and development being shifted towards what they are calling economic diplomacy seems like a good idea on paper, but one that does not necessarily take the worlds most vulnerable into real consideration.

I recently interviewed Ian Smillie for a podcast. One you should listen to on davidpecklive.com. It also appears on Rabble.ca. After the interview we went out for dinner, which gave us a chance to chat offline. I asked him if he had any regrets having worked in the field of international development for so many years. He replied after a little reflection that he wished he had shown an interest in politics at a younger age. Ian said he would have become a little more involved.

Ian inspired me in a very important way. He made me realize that I need to be more politically engaged. I need to become more interested in the way in which my country is governed. Unfortunately, many of my friends and colleagues are afraid to do this. They spend far more of their time complaining about unfair and unjust policies than they do actually trying to change them.

Those 30 people I lost on Twitter merely because of my encounter with the Liberal Party or because I like Justin makes me laugh. One because I will get the followers back and two because that’s exactly what this country doesn’t need anymore of – people not interested in getting involved or staying engaged.

Nobody wants those left leaning tweets on their smartphone. Do they? Sorry to bother you, but this country needs attention and so do all those we claim to help.

It’s time for me to get a little more involved. It’s time for me to stand up and be counted for what I believe, where I think this country needs to go and who I need to support. So many uncertainties it seems to me, but what I am sure of is that we need change. The current Conservative approach is no longer just irritating. It is disabling.

Are the Liberals in the best position to make that change happen? It’s still too early to tell, but my personal experience has been with Justin. From that encounter I saw that he is passionate. He is assembling his team and I trust he is building his foundation on truth and authenticity. Sure looks that way. The 2015 election approaches and things are starting to shift a little here and a little there. Change is incremental that I know for sure. The Liberals are coming together around the country to bring a new level of dialogue to the table. One we Canadians haven’t seen in years. I look forward to being a part of that conversation wherever it leads.

DP – 12-2013