A lot of Canadians spent the past week watching the ugly side of democracy in the United States as millions of protesters hit the streets to demonstrate their concerns with the new president, Donald Trump.
A Drumheller man got to see some of the action first hand; Gary Chambers was taking in a real estate seminar in New York City.
"The night before inauguration, I ran the perimeter loop around Central Park, which of course starts and finishes at Trump Hotel," he related. "I didn't stick around; it started at 6:00 (and) I was there about 5:00, but a number of our members that were at the conference with me went down and checked it out."
"New York is sort of the hotbed for a lot of the opposition to the new president, so it was quite interesting, that's for sure," he concluded.
Chambers was in the Big Apple for the Inman Connect real estate conference, which ran from January 17-20. While the protests got his attention, he said he was never worried.
"They're passionate about their politics down there and I don't know whether or not we see quite that kind of passion here," he confessed. "I would say, probably in the last year or so, we see a lot more passion towards politics and some of the protests...with the NDP and that."
Either way, Chambers is happy to be back on this side of the border where protests are peaceful, for the most part.