I’ve heard it said that journalist Michael Harris* is one of the few Canadian journalists actually doing the job.
Last month Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo Region Chapter and the awesome indie book seller Words Worth Books brought the iPolitics journalist and author of Party of One: Stephen Harper And Canada’s Radical Makeover to Waterloo Region for a talk about democracy in Canada.
One of the topics Harris touched on in his talk at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener was the mainstream media. He suggested there is a greater concern for protecting access to the government than reporting on it.
Although Michael has had a long and impressive career, I’d only begun reading his political commentary and reportage fairly recently. Like many Canadians, once I began to realize how unrepresentative Canadian government actually is, having been one of Canadians unrepresented on Parliament for my entire life, I’d pretty much given up on politics in frustration.
But that all changed when I began to learn about Proportional Representation. Once I discovered there was a way Canada’s democratic deficit might finally be addressed, I started paying attention again. Sadly, it seems I left it a little late.
But not Michael Harris. He’s been in the political trenches for years, not just reporting on miscarriages of justice but writing books that work to fix the the things that are broken. Michael’s clear eyed ability to get to the heart of things is a big part of why he does such a great job of illuminating the murky corners of the Canadian political system. Not only does he provide valuable insight, he’s got a lot of “war stories” and flair for telling them.
I was able to record Michael’s talk, and today Michael Harris at the Registry Theatre is edited and online. Those who were there and want to hear it again and those who weren’t able to attend on the day are in for a treat– enjoy.
Thanks so much, Michael.
*not to be confused with former Ontario Premier Mike Harris, or current Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris
Image Credit: Michael Harris on Bill C-51 by Laurel Russwurm is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) License. You’ll find more images in the Flickr Album