OTTAWA—A young woman who spent the past year working in a job coveted by politically minded university students nationwide decided to express her disillusionment with government by getting fired in a spectacular way.
Brigette DePape, 21, walked into the Senate chamber wearing the black bow tie and white gloves that were part of her page uniform with a handmade protest sign — a red stop sign emblazoned with the message “Stop Harper” and a cartoonish exclamation mark — tucked into her skirt.
“I was kind of nervous as I was walking down that I would trip or something like that, but everything went smoothly,” DePape told the Star in an interview on Friday.
This was no after-hours prank or photo shoot.
This was as Governor General David Johnston was delivering the Speech from the Throne.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper looked on as DePape stood silently with her sign, long brown braid thrown over her shoulder, for a few seconds before the sergeant-at-arms escorted her out of the room
She was fired from her job around the same time she issued an emailed news release explaining her act of civil disobedience and her name — and “Stop Harper” message — became a trending topic on the social media site Twitter.
“Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,” DePape wrote in the professional-looking press release emailed to media while she was still being detained by parliamentary security.
“This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab spring, a flowering of popular movements that demonstrate that real power to change things lies not with Harper but in the hands of the people, when we act together in our streets, neighborhoods and workplaces,” DePape said in the release.
First off I have to commend this very brave woman! Instead of sitting behind a computer and talking, she took action. I do also agree with her point that Canada is in a very large need of a “Arab spring” type of revolution. Stephen Harper now has the more power than any other prime minister in Canadian history! And plans to ram through various country destroying initiatives. But as many of us already know, it is not Harper calling the shots, he is just a front man for the banking elites. Who are in full control.
To bring real change in this country we must cut the bankers out of the picture and take our government back from puppets like Stephen Harper! We all must stand up with Brigette (and the many other who have stood up), and demand FREEDOM!
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” – Benjamin Franklin