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Discussing our project with Canadians for Language Fairness

Many thanks to Canadians for Language Fairness for the invitation and generous support for our project. In this speech I explain what our project is about, and what it will look like. (Thank you to Danno Saunt for the videos.)

Talking Constitution to Canadians for Language Fairness

This weekend is the fifth annual St. Patrick's Day brunch organized by Canadians for Language Fairness in Vars, Ontario. I will be making a presentation about our project. Please come say hello if you can.

I also wanted to add a note about the fundraising, because some of our existing backers have expressed concerns about the pace of the fundraising campaign.

From our point of view the campaign is going very well. This one is a bit different than our previous two campaigns in that a great deal of the fundraising is happening offline. Another key difference is that this campaign, contrary to the other two, is not an "all-or-nothing" campaign. Even if we don't quite reach our $85,000 goal we will produce the documentary and start the campaign to fix the constitution, in good part because we are able to combine this production with that of our other project, A Right to Arms, and save tons of money on travel expenses. And finally, another big difference between this project and our previous ones is that we will continue to raise money for it once the documentary is produced, because we intend to generate public support for our revised constitution so that we are ready to push for it should certain prime ministers manage to bungle into a constitutional crisis.

In short, we are very pleased with how this project is going.

Our upcoming Alberta talks featured in the Meridian Booster

Here we are!

Two documentary filmmakers are hoping to generate interest in the Magna Carta and in Canada’s constitution.

Presented by the Economic Education Association, Magna Carta: Good Then, Good Now features authors and journalists John Robson and Brigitte Pellerin doing a presentation on the Magna Carta and the importance of telling inspiring stories at home.

Robson and Pellerin, who are married, will each be giving their own talks throughout an evening at the Vic Juba Theatre.

“We will be talking about this project, reclaiming Canada’s heritage, so it will be partly about the Magna Carta, it will be partly about fixing the constitution, which today is a complete mess and we can do better than this,” Robson said. “My wife will be talking about reclaiming it at the dinner table, about how it’s so much more important to tell stories in the home than it is to run political ads and political campaigns.”

In addition to being a documentary filmmaker, Robson is a columnist with the National Post, a commentator-at-large for News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa, and an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. Pellerin has over 15 years of experience in Canada’s media environment as a writer, producer, filmmaker, and multimedia entrepreneur.

Robson and Pellerin started working on a project about the Magna Carta two years ago, which resulted in the crowd-funded documentary Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty. Their presentations will be focused towards the third annual Essentials of Freedom Conference, which they will be attending on Feb. 26 and 27 in Edmonton.

“We’ve been letting the other side tell all the stories, and their stories aren’t very good, they’re not very attractive stories, but if they’re the only ones telling stories, then they are winning over the culture,” Robson said. “This is all connected with the documentaries and also with the conference and then we thought, well lets have a more public event and lets talk about this because there are a lot of people right now in Alberta who I think are getting an uneasy sense that something is wrong, very wrong in public policy in this country, and these are the people who often haven’t paid a whole lot of attention.”

Robson and Pellerin have collaborated on projects before, such as the radio show Thinking Aloud on Ottawa Radio in 2004, and have also worked on each other’s documentaries in the past. For the documentary on the Magna Carta they travelled together, did a lot of the editing together, while Pellerin did a lot of the shooting.

“She’s now the lead camera; it’s very much Robson/Pellerin production,” Robson said.

In addition to their Magna Carta project, Robson and Pellerin are working on a documentary on Canadian’s right to self-defence, which Robson said is all part of their reclaiming Canada’s heritage project, and to say Canadians are independent, self-reliant, and creative people.

Magna Carta: Good Then, Good Now will be presented on Monday, Feb. 29 at the Vic Juba Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, or $10 for students (18 and under). Tickets are available through the theatre box-office, online at, or by calling 780-872-7400.

“We want them to tell the story of Canada with a smile,” Robson said what he hopes people will takes away from the Magna Carta presentations. “We want people to understand that the situation is difficult, but not to become discouraged or angry, to say Canada is a great nation, we have a great history and we need to recapture this history, be proud of who we are, and that way we can reclaim our future and we should look upon this as hard work worth doing, we should be happy about this.”

Some great events in Calgary

If you’re in the Calgary area check out these events sponsored by my friend John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms:

Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm – Faith Goldy – “Radical Re-education & Parental Responsibility: Unmasking the Architects and Evils of Sexual Education” at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 541 Silvergrove Drive NW. Including a panel discussion and a presentation on Bill 10 and parental rights by Donna Trimble, Executive Director of Parents for Choice in Education (

Monday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. – How parents can respond to the “Guidelines”, with Adam Soos and myself, at St. Thomas More Church at 15 Templebow Road NE.

Friday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. – How parents can respond to the “Guidelines”, with Adam Soos and myself, at St. Cecilia’s Church, 321 – 90th Avenue SE.

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