Patrick Nolan Guyer is a statistician with the American Human Development Project at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, NY. Patrick holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MA in International Affairs from the New School. He has researched and written on human development and human rights in various contexts and also counts among his interests the study of languages, electoral politics throughout the Americas, and strategies for sustainable marine resource management. He also dances, quite badly, but with much gusto.
Global attention is focused on the Winter 2010 Olympics well underway in Vancouver, Canada, a city some 4,600 km distant from the capital, and that's just fine by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. With Parliament dismissed by the PM and legislative activity at a standstill, the action may be in Vancouver, but the real heat remains in Ottawa. The Mantle's blogger Erika Klein and contributor Patrick Guyer discuss this under-reported hijacking of democracy in O' Canada.