There are a lot of good events that occur here at university. Yesterday evening I was able to hear a talk by Tom Mulchair about the state of democracy in the world today. At sixty-three years of age I know I wasn’t part of his target audience. Out of the group of forty people about twenty-five per cent were senior citizens. Mr. Mulcair’s messages were pertinent to all of the audience.
He spoke about democracy under attack. His example was personal democracy and he used the new premier of Québec as an example. The CAQ has promised to not allow “religious symbols” to be worn by persons working in the public sector. Of course the examples chosen by this new premier are hijabs and other items worn primarily by Muslim women. Mr. Mulcair was very clear that the intent of democracy is not to protect the majority from the minority, its intent is to protect the minority from the majority. Of particular concern are the groups in society that choose to engage in Islamaphobia.
Mr. Mulchair also spoke about climate change and how the federal and provincial governments in Canada are are either abolishing or ignoring commitments to address this dire problem.
Lastly, he reminded us how acts of goodness and/or conscience have always made the world a better place. He reminded us how people like Mandela or Ghandi rose from obscurity and prejudice to perform major change without resorting to war.
Even though Tom has “hung up his skates” he continues to work for good in this province, country and the world.
He inspired me in my own situation.