The Broadbent Institute’s Stand up for Progress National Tour featuring Harry Leslie Smith stopped in Regina.
Smith is the author of the acclaimed book, Harry’s Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save it, and at 92, he’s Canada’s oldest rebel inspiring the next generation of activists.
Smith survived the Great Depression and fought in the Second World War for the United Kingdom. After the war, he immigrated to Canada and contributed to the expansion of the welfare state.
On the eve of the federal election, the veteran was in Regina to talk about what’s at stake.
Following Smith's speech, young progressive activists ready to make an impact in the lead up to the federal election joined him on stage for a panel discussion:
- Simon Ash-Moccasin, Indigenous rights activist
- Emily Eaton, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Regina, and community organizer
- Paige Kezima, community organizer, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
- Ryan Meili, family physician and founder of Upstream
The panel was moderated by Mitch Diamantopoulos, department head at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism.
The event was in collaboration with community partners Briarpatch, the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work, Upstream and Next Up.
Thank you to national tour sponsor IAFF Canada – Canada’s Professional Fire Fighters.
Thank you to National Tour Partner Public Service Alliance of Canada.
Thank you to local event sponsor, the Saskatchewan Building Trades.