Glen Pearson returns from Africa with a challenge for pretty much everyone.
Here’s my call to Peter MacKay, Beverly Oda and, yes, the Prime Minister himself. While many of the problems of Darfur lie outside of our scope of intervention as Canadians, the emergence of these refugees from eastern Darfur present an opportunity to literally save thousands of lives. Can we work together on this? Currently, the United Nations and the International Organization of Migration are preparing a small budget for me to present to Parliament in a few weeks. Will you, Prime Minister, work with me, other parliamentarians, and those people who have come to Darfur and walked away with a desire to actually “do something,” and commit to providing the clean water, schooling and desperately needed medical care for these thousands of families? In a time when we are supposedly showing a willingness to work together for the sake of the upcoming budget, will you please put that good will to action? And will members of the media monitor this and investigate what kind of response is forthcoming, if any?
This should be fairly interesting.
On a side note, more MPs should have blogs.