Corky Evans on Social Democracy


Watch this moving speech by retired Kootenay MLA Corky Evans at The Common Sense
Canadian’s “Take Back Our BC” townhall tour event in Nelson, BC. The inimitable
Evans discusses globalization, the loss of our social democracy, and the need for
citizens to become engaged in the political process to reclaim their environment and
public resources.


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

5 thoughts on “Corky Evans on Social Democracy

  1. I think Cory should get back to politics and take the leadership of the N.D.P. Now that Mr. Campbell is stepping down and the Liberal party is in a mess, we the people of British Columbia need Coby to step up to the plate and lead this province by guarding are natural resoures.

  2. Corky is brilliant. I have been talking and talking and talking for years about the theft of our rivers and I feel like people don’t want to hear about it, its much easier to ignore this perfect crime happening right in front of us than it is to actually start talking about it. I work hard volunteering for a stewardship group and they told me I have no right to “get political,” when I told them we are losing our democratic rights as well as our rivers and OUR WATER!! This stuff makes people squirm, I honestly think they can’t face the reality of what this means for our future!! But… never have I felt like something is so right for me and my kids – people can go about their lives and pretend its all good, but it’s SO not! We are going to have some real explaining to do if we don’t get off our couches and put a stop to this blatant theft of OUR vital resource! Come on folks, stand up for your rights and what is right – Shame on us if we let this continue!

  3. I was very impressed by Corky Evan’s speech in Nelson. He puts it so eloquently, and how I wish there were politicians with his vision and courage. I live in Fanny Bay, and we are fighting a proposed coal mine above Baynes Sound. Fighting this mine has turned me into an activist, and I sometimes feel like I have awakened from a long sleep. I am always happy to know I am not alone, but I do sometimes find it disheartening how people can go on with their lives as though nothing is happening. It is like when someone you dearly love is dying, and for you the world distills down to just that person for awhile. You are aware that life is going on around you, almost resentful that people can laugh and enjoy themselves while you suffer so terribly. The damage and devastation I see in the world while so many act as if nothing is happening makes me wonder how they can be so oblivious. But I know it is a grassroots thing, and it is my job to talk to as many people as I can and hope to somehow persuade them that we all play a part in leaving a better world for our children.

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