Most Canadians don't follow politics day to day. Those who are interested, generally are restricted to seeing MPs in House during Question Period, or on television panels.
In both cases, you really don't have a opportunity to hear about issues in any meaningful way. Panel discussions such as today's Canada in the World, was a good example of talking about serious issues in a way that is all too rare in this country.
Bob Rae spoke about Canada's place in the world and how he has seen that diminished under the Conservatives. He and others spoke of major conflicts, nuclear disarmament and our traditional role of diplomacy.
Of course the discussion was well received and there was tremendous support for what was put forward, but that's not what struck me the most.
What really struck me is how the Conservative government never really seems to be able to discuss these matters without some partisan take or political gamesmanship. It's all so childish while being detrimental in some cases to the country.
What I heard today made me realise that the adults were speaking again and boy have I missed that.