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South Shore chapter hosts public forum on democracy


Marion Moore

Council of Canadians South Shore chapter activist Marion Moore.

The South Shore chapter of the Council of Canadians hosted a public forum on Friday (January 30) featuring Graham Steele.

The Globe and Mail has reported, “What I Learned about Politics is one part Politics for Dummies and the other a very long exit interview, in which Mr. Steele, the former NDP finance minister from Nova Scotia who famously resigned his post to sit on the backbench, provides a brutally candid assessment of what it is like to serve in a Canadian legislature. …Politics, he writes, is a ‘low, dirty business’ and a ‘charade’, with roles dictating actions – ideas or ideology do not matter.”

The chapter’s promotion for the event said, “The Rules of the Game: Parties, Politics and the Future of Democracy presented by the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians features former MLA and current political analyst for the CBC Graham Steele, giving an insider’s view of democracy in an age of party politics. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the open discussion. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of room rental and light refreshment.”

In a Facebook post after the event, the chapter shares that, “A large crowd attended last night’s presentation by Graham Steele and engaged in lively discussion. Thanks to Graham and to all who contributed to the evening’s success. One more step towards reclaiming our democracy.”

A 2-minute video about the public forum can be seen here.

Reviews of Mr. Steele’s book – What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise and Collapse of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government – can be read here.

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