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June 03, 2011

Senate Page Disrupts Throne Speech ~ A Page Outta Harper's Book?

Brigette Marcelle ~ AKA ~ 'Brigette Depape'
bravely gives up her job as a page in the Senate of Canada (AKA 'The Harper Senate of Harperland') to get out her simple message during the reading of Harperland's first Throne Speech!

Brigette Depape Holds a Sign which simply says:


No Shrinking Violet, Marcelle (Depape) had a press release all ready to go:


Friday, June 3, 2011

" Senate Page disrupts throne speech and says "Harper's disastrous agenda needs to be stopped with creative action and civil disobedience".

Ottawa -- During the reading of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's throne speech today, a young page was yanked from the Senate Chamber as she tried to hold up a stop-sign placard reading "Stop Harper."

"Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation," Brigette Marcelle says. "We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases, and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate. Most people in this country know what we need are green jobs, better medicare, and a healthy environment for future generations."

Brigette Marcelle (aka Brigette DePape), 21 and a recent graduate from University of Ottawa, has been a page in the Senate for a year, but realized that working within parliament wouldn't stop Harper's agenda.

"Contrary to Harper's rhetoric, Conservative values are not in fact Canadian values. How could they be when 3 out of 4 eligible voters didn't even give their support to the Conservatives? But we will only be able to stop Harper's agenda if people of all ages and from all walks of life engage in creative actions and civil disobedience," she says.
"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, neighbourhoods and workplaces." "

Trending in Canada as 'Stop Harper'
and as 'Brigette Marcelle' and both
ahead of 'Throne Speech'
Her opinion is a commonly held one and it is obvious that she is not alone in this protest. As I type this there are some 15 Facebook pages springing up and growing. Where will it end? I am not sure, but it is at least a heartening gesture on her part. Gee, I wonder what's on her mind? Or has she been reading mine? News spread quickly and ten minutes later it was a trending topic on Twitter in Canada and briefly in the world.
The campaign to stop Harper is not a new one as you will see from this 2008 video in which Rick Salutin describes Harper and his right winged views and his Tourettes-like habit of blurting out Right winged ideological rhetoric, his teflon and why, even though most of us fear him, he gets to sneak up the middle, by splitting the vote. He discusses the difficulties of strategic voting and the grassroots nature of the movement.

Jeremy Dyer Human Rights Activist
We have not had a young hero like Brigette Depape since Jeremy Dyer refused to shake Harper's hand in July of last year. He was protesting against Harper's duplicity and his arrogance. Harper had made a mockery of Human Right's and then helped open the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg last July. Ryan, a young N.L. human rights activist was also invited to the event. Ryan had not agreed to meet Harper and when he found himself face to face with him, he used the opportunity to have his views heard.
It was such a degrading experience. I felt so tokenized,” he said. “I feel like they took something so huge away from me that weekend. So huge.
There is not a lot on the web that is directly attributed to Jeremy Dyer, but there is this lone comment on a blog by Montreal Simon that Jeremy left regarding the human rights of Omar Khadr.

This Video was shot from a concerned citizen's TV obviously. Sadly, CBC.ca and Evan Solomon do no share videos. It matters not that they are made using Taxpayer money, they simply do not share them. Neither does Evan Solomon share the intellect of the young Depape. He tries to shame her, she is not ashamed. Shame on you Evan, and the rest of the MSM who do not care about things as flippant as democracy, pay attention, you could learn a lot from Canadians who do care.

Of course these are early days in Harperland and this story will take a day or two to get a real handle on, but at least this shows that Canada still has a pulse. I can only hope it also means that Canadians are starting to suffer 'buyers remorse' for buying in to the Harperland experiment. I sure hope it does, please feel free to comment.

Afterthought: As I was pondering the confusion surrounding her name. The confusion was that at First it was reported as Brigitte Marcelle, then Brigette Marcelle and then a bit later as  Brigette DePape and also De Pape. After some digging I found this. It answers several questions or at least suggests that DePape is  her stage-name, and that in spite of the ramblings of the anonymous and right winged commenter below, that she is obviously ^NOT stupid. It is also obvious that she is ^NOT shy and ^NOT always quiet.  At least she is no longer anonymous!

I am tired of both Cowards and Cowardice. I suspect that Brigette DePape, or whatever she prefers to call herself, feels somewhat the same.
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  1. AnonymousJune 04, 2011

    Bridgette is a well spoken bright young woman who's actions get applause from me! With all due Respect for Parliment, Harper and the Cons were found in Contempt in the last sitting in the House, so I think Bridgette's Actions are Valid and Commendable.

    Evan Solomon is typical. Con Dweeb!
    Geraldine M Chafe

  2. AnonymousJune 04, 2011

    Bridgette is actually a stupid girl who lacks the capacity to understand what DEMOCRACY is about. She really needs to get her head out of her ass and grow up. If she doesn't like Canada, she should move to Cuba, where I think she will be happy. And Anonymous above, Harper was found in contempt of parliament, the SAME parliament your Bridgette was contemptuous of. And this alleged contempt charge holds NO weight whatsoever.

  3. She was ^NOT contemptuous of parliament, just sick to death to see what had happened in Harperland. But, just for you, I included an Afterthought to the blog to show that she is not as dumb as you think. Adnittedly, I have no doubt that it will be more impressive to others more in a position to judge intelligence than you are.

    To any of you who think the Contempt charges had no weight either, there is plenty of evidence in this blog to persuade you of the merit of that Charge. I watched every secon of the Committe meetings and can tell the whole sad story.

    Thanks for dropping in.

  4. AnonymousJune 04, 2011

    So wrong on so many levels. From a leadership and governance position, the negligence of omission, by the Speaker of the House, in not following through, with the disciplining of Stephen Harper, on the finding of Contempt of Parliament, and then, the rubber stamp of the Governor General. A pardon for the privileged, and the beginning, of a new Canadian tradition, but when the hired help tries it, she loses her job.

    Mark Hlady, Winnipeg Liberal

  5. AnonymousJune 04, 2011

    I'm so frustrated by the direction Canada is going in... trying to fear the masses in to believing we only have one option, for our safety and security we must trust that government knows whats "best for Canada" and not ask questions. I guess its an experiment in social control... it seems to be a systematic deterioration of our democracy and civil liberties coupled with a giant soulless effort for the rich to get richer. I just wonder how much they can do and take before they cross a line that wakes up the masses a forces them to take a stand and say "no more". Then the public opinion pendulum can start to swing back the other way and we can have some good years there before history repeats itself again. I hold onto hope that in my lifetime that pendulum will settle at a healthy spot in the middle. I love this senate page!! She is a great reminder that small things can make a big impact and that we the majority need to find creative and wise ways to have our voices heard. Her small (weight of a snowflakes') moment of activism will serve as an inspirational thought for years to come and one day soon the weight of all of our little snowflakes actions will add up to something momentous, like maybe the roof caving in on "Harpers House". xo Sarah P

  6. AnonymousJune 07, 2011

    I think brigette is great! way to go!I feel, like her, that this country is on the fast track to a dictatorship.


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