When I heard that Harry Leslie Smith would be in Halifax on July 15th I was determined to be there. If you have not heard of him, I recommend this video from the 2014 Labour Party conference in the UK.
There are not many people I will endure a two hour drive getting home at 11:30pm for but I guess there are not going to be that many times that Canada’s oldest rebel[1. https://twitter.com/broadbent/status/608114805753278464] will be able to travel across the country. The event, called the Stand up for Progress Tour was organized by the Broadbent Institute and was visiting a number of cities in Canada.
Here are a few photographs I took, click for bigger versions.
There was a panel discussion following Harry’s talk which included:
- El Jones – the Poet Laureate of Halifax
- Catherine Abreu – Energy Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre
- James Hutt – Provincial Coordinator at the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
- Costas Halavrezos – Spice Merchant and former CBC Radio Host – moderater
A few questions were taken from the audience but despite a plea from Costas, very few kept their contributions short, and as usual some speeches were given instead of questions asked.
There were some great tweets from the event too:
— Tony Tracy (@Tony_Tracy) July 15, 2015
— Megan Leslie (@MeganLeslieHFX) July 15, 2015
— Monika Dutt (@Monika_Dutt) July 15, 2015
Always powerful El Jones who can't be paraphrased urges us to measure our society based on how we treat our prisoners #standupforprogress
— Christine Saulnier (@cmysaul) July 15, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting which helped to remind me why I am involved in politics and why it does matter to people’s lives.