Robyn Benson, PSAC

Girl power

For those familiar with the CBC’s union-hating Kevin O’Leary, the video, above, is frankly a treat to watch. The man who once called Pulitzer prizewinner Chris Hedges a “nutbar” on air (the CBC had to apologize to Hedges), was kicked to the curb by a 14-year-old girl.

There are widely differing opinions on genetically-modified food—the topic at hand—but one doesn’t have to be anti-GMO to admire Rachel Parent’s coolness under fire, her unwavering articulateness, and her command of the facts. O’Leary was condescending and offensive, calling her a “lobbyist” and a “shill,” but she didn’t stray off-message for the entire interview. She even seemed to get O’Leary’s agreement that GMO food should be labelled.

Amanda Lang, O’Leary’s partner on the program, tried to rescue the dragon from the maiden, but without success. He was done like dinner.

Parent is no lobbyist, of course. She is neither registered as one or, for that matter, paid to express her opinions—unlike O’Leary. With her, what you see is what you get: a poised, courageous young woman with strong, informed opinions. One of the next generation of leaders, folks, setting a high standard, and giving us older folks yet another reason to be optimistic about the future.

A pleasure to watch you in action, Rachel. Brava!

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