‘Stop Harper’ placard gets Senate page turfed from Throne Speech

By Judy RebickBrigette Marcelle


Senate page explains her brave Stop Harper protest on floor of Senate today

In an unprecedented protest Parliament page Brigette Marcelle (aka Brigette DePape) holds up a “Stop Harper” sign during the throne speech. Below is her explanation


Friday, June 3, 2011

Senate Page disrupts throne speech 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 disobediance,” 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.”

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26 Responses to ‘Stop Harper’ placard gets Senate page turfed from Throne Speech

  1. Chloe says:

    Brigette DePage, you go girl! Inappropriate venue to make your voice heard? Nah, make the stuffed shirts, arrogant a******s sit up, if they are awake and take notice. Thanks John for this posting. Take care.

  2. Anonymous says:

    this girl deserves a medal; better yet, the Order of Canada!

  3. Anonymous says:

    To the previous three commentors – wake up, this girl deserves a good spanking. If she is typical of what our universities are turning out, this country is in big trouble. The people in Egypt, Libya, etc. are fighting repressive undemocratic regimes, and would love to have the democratic institutions we enjoy in Canada — institutions which she obvioulsy doesn’t respect. This naive little twit does not seem to understand that we actually have a democratically elected government in Canada. Perhaps she wishes that a different party had won the election. Well too bad little girl, not getting your way can hardly justify calling for civil disobedience and the overthrow of our democratically elected government. The saddest part of this whole story is that she got as much press-time as she did.

  4. John Prince says:

    Ah, another Harper drone who cannot read (did you even take the time to read Brigette’s comments and concerns? I think not!), knows not what he talks about and will be more surprized than anyone when Harper’s new world order here in Canada hits him right between the eyes.

    Try reading what she said especially the part on how 75% of eligible voters did *not* vote for the conservatives and the part about conservative values are *not* Canadian values.

    p.s. FYI, MSM after the first day dropped this story like a hot potato, and even those that did cover it like Evan Soloman concentrated on everything but her message. Typical of the coporate elitist bunch isn’t it? But thanks to social media her message is getting out and people such as myself are spreading the word, and that is 75% of us are not going to take what 25% of you are going to try and ram down our throats. Get ready for civil disobedience on a massive scale that this country has never seen before! The revolutiion is on and it started with a courageous young lady who didn’t even hacve to say a word. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words, now don’t they?

  5. Anonymous says:

    There is nothing wrong about what this girl did. Peaceful demonstrtion. That is what our country is all about. There is still ALOT wrong about this country. Financial criminals and predators walk our streets everyday. Anyone from the CNP should already know that. Our laws are too lax.
    This girl demonstrates what democracy is all about. If anyone believes differently then i would question their bellief in democracy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey folks, democracy was the election on May 2. If you don’t like the result, too bad. Get active in politics and work for your party before and during the next election. Meanwhile, show some respect for our democratic institutions. Oh, and if Michael Moore and John Prince agree on something, then I know for sure it has to be bad.

  7. Jose says:

    John, if Brigette wants to bite the hand that feeds her, fine — and she SHOULD BE OUT OF A JOB NOW. Let her get into the real world and work for a living, rather than leach off of the public like most of the politicians and their aides do. I’m tired of paying for these people, while hard working ordinary Canadians suffer. Did she REALLY think that her presence in Ottawa would change the course of our politics?

    The fact that Brigette is the lone instigator speaks for itself. As part of the Generation Y Slackers, Brigette feels that she is entitled to a good living, rather than having to work for it as we all have. This “Gimme, Gimme” Generation will find that a good economy is needed to get the Green jobs, Medicare, good environment, etc. she desires. These just don’t pop up on their own.

    An “Arab Spring” is highly unlikely here since few of her compatriots will take up the banner. Twittering won’t do it — who will march in the streets? Not them for sure. (The G 20 crowd were a different lot, funded by who knows?) Perhaps Michael Moore will show up in his private jet and bullhorn, and lead the “crowd”? Doubt it.

    The first to protest in the streets will be the Boomer Generation when the social benefits that they have worked hard for all of their lives are taken away. Just what benefits are the Slackers due, and what have they contributed to deserve them? Entitlement, again. They have been exposed to too many liberal teachers and professors expounding the Socialist Doctrine in school, I’m afraid.

    The Election is over; time to get over it. If one didn’t vote, one shouldn’t complain. If one did vote and it didn’t go his/her way, get ready for the next election and get involved now, not AFTER the next election. A “Canadian Spring” won’t happen in our scenario, even with no bullets flying.

    Harper has 5 years to prove whether he can continue the good work that Paul Martin did, in bringing Canada back from the brink a while back. Let’s be content that the Canadian economy is at least functioning.

    There are problems, for sure. I do not know how the Bay Street Banksters will be reined in, and who will do it. Perhaps outside events will force issues in Canada as the world economy collapses in the not too distant future. Then you’ll have your revolution.


  8. Chloe says:

    “Meanwhile, show some respect for our democratic institutions’.Gee, just like Bev Oda huh? Great role model for young Canadians. Amazing that were enough idiots in her riding to put her back in. No accounting for the Canadian political taste these days. Take care.

  9. John Prince says:

    Anon @2:49, repeat after me 1, 2, 3, 4,. Good! Now we know you can count. I repeat, 3 out of 4 people in this country did *not* vote conservative. The democratic/parliamentary system is broke. Conservative values are *not* Canadian values.

    Once you get these fundamentals I’m hopeful you will start to understand why we need and must have an Arab Spring in this country.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If the libs would have won with the same margin of course all would be well.
    9 out of 10 did not vote for the libs.
    Consevative values are not your values but obviously the majority of voters disagree with you.
    As for an uprising in this country, not going to happen any time soon.You should do a little travelling to the countries that do have uprisings, maybe then you would understand.The average Canadian has a GREAT life in comparison.
    Of course you beleive that everybody is entitled, unfortunatly for you it can not be that way.But if you are a healthy, hardworking person in this country you will do alright.

  11. Anonymous says:

    She is indeed a hero. I admire her courage and the message. Wake up Canada as we are headed in the wrong direction under Harper.

  12. John Prince says:

    Jose, for your information Brigette not surprizingly has already had a number of job offers for she is now considered a HERO by many in this country, including me, but obviously not by those conservative/republican types who wish to continue to despoil, pillage and rape our land with impunity. Piracy with the HarperCONS is running rampant and only going to get worse. Many people are now aware of this and by Brigette’s silent ‘STOP HARPER’ protest she has given voice to all those 75% of eligible voters who did not vote for the conservatives. The rest of what you say about Brigette is all conjecture and insinuation based on your personal inherent biases, and therefore I won’t address those points. However, personally, I would like to take a fire hose to all those who blame the poor and unemployed for their lot…


    and not the political/financial/corporate entities that are directly responsible for their situation, as we have discussed previously in some depth, yet you continue for some reason that baffles me to blame the poor and unemployed in our society for all our societal ills when you know this is far from the truth?


    In the long run I believe Canadians are not going to stand ideally by and watch their country be destroyed or taken over piecemeal without firing a shot. The powers that be know this and therefore Harper’s traitorous border deal with the US to give up our sovereignty by allowing foreign troops (much like we are seeing in the Middle East with U.S. dictators allowing Saudi Arabia’s hired mercenaries to go into their countries to quell domestic uprisings) into our country to suppress our people and therefore Harper’s real need for the building of super prisons. We are dealing with traitors and fools who still think we live in a democracy and not in a fascist state, run by corporatocracy with Harper as their front man. The G20 in Toronto should have been a wake call even for you Jose?

    Like I said, I disagree with you in that I think an “Arab Spring” will come to this country and it will be lead by the likes of Brigette and her kind, with the support of a ‘people’s revolution’. People are not going to put up with a return to a great depression Dickenson type social environment which you and your kind seem so keen on seeing come to pass. I suggest if the shoe was on the other foot those of you who were fortunate to escape the financial meltdown with little to no impact on your lives who now think you were so much wiser and more responsible than the rest, not realizing that in all likelihood you weren’t so much smarter, just luckier in the timing of where and when the wheel like on Jeopardy landed. But you and your kind smugness and condescending manner is duly noted and when the revolution does come I’m sure you will be reminded of that, much as all aristocrats were as in France, Russia, China, and so many more. It seems in this world what goes around comes around, doesn’t it?


  13. Anonymous says:

    CBC’s Sunday night ‘news’ broadcast of “The National” – 30 minutes in and one of the biggest stories in years – Brigitte The Page speaking Truth 2 Power – is not even mentioned. The naming of Harper’s kitten however, 2 references already for that ‘crucial’ story. Even if they do touch on Brigette’s action, it’s blatantly obvious that they have no desire to do their job of informing the people.

    Ryan Murphy

  14. Jose says:

    John, not sure where you get that I blame the poor and the unemployed for their lot, and then blame the poor and the unemployed in our society for our societal ills. Not so. You make a lot of ungrounded assumptions concerning me and my lot, but that’s your choice. So far it appears that me and my kind are in the majority.

    Of course we are moving towards becoming a corporate fascist state. Your friend Obama was supposed to solve this, but instead he jumped right on board. The problems in the USA are just beginning, and will ramp up soon.

    Where it will lead to in Canada remains to be seen. If you still think that it will all spill over into Canada, then we best prepare.

    We are on a path that will shake the world – not much can be done to reverse it now. It depends if the leaders of the revolution are out to destroy everything like they did in the French Revolution, or whether they are there to rebuild the country into a better society. It can go either way. I think I know where you stand on this matter.

    When the revolution does indeed come, I will make sure of two things when I march with you and our kind. One, I won’t bring a knife to a gunfight, and Two, I’ll make sure that you are in front of me!


  15. Anonymous says:

    msm dropped this like a hot tomato the day after. Says lots hey?…. I like VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!! :-)

  16. Anonymous says:

    one thing we can do is to start boycotting the media. Shut them down, one at a time. Their advertisers won’t like that, nor will the cable companies, and the….

  17. John Prince says:

    Jose @7:59
    Hahaha! Spoken as a true survivor who when the revolution comes I might spare, because you once made me laugh. :-) Comrade Jose my capitalist friend who see his world coming to unglorious end but still clings to the hope south can still survive, slaves and all.

    Sorry Jose but I think it was you who were making the assumptions regarding Brigette, the poor, the unemployed, the ‘slackers’… where did all that come from when the subject of the post is a broken democratic system?

    Your friend Bush brought about all our ills in his eight years in power and you expected Obama to fix all that in a year or two, hey?

    We got the selling out of Canada to deal with here, regardless of what is going on in the states. Don’t really need any spilling over, but it is inevitable that it will happen.

    Personally I’m for the French kind of revolution. The off with the heads kind of revolution, which is what we will probably have if civil disobedience isn’t enough to resolve our problems. Knowing Harper, who I once mentioned I envisoned in a Gestapo uniform and still do, I imagine it will land up being the former, rather than the latter.

    Was there any doubt in your mind where I would have to stand. We soon may very well have our civil war where it is brther against brother, do you hear me brother. :-)

    Typical of todays leaders. In the past, like with Alexander the Great, the leader would be in front of his men, but today they all want to live forever and therefore hide in the back dying a thousand deaths, instead of just one. :-)

    Cheers back to you my friend,

  18. John Prince says:

    Thanks for the heads up Ryan, and good comment.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The faux outrage from boomer age/gen x age pundits makes me laugh. Oh how could she do that in the senate and that disrespects the senate so, well Harper’s Conservatives have been dis-respecting the senate for about six years now along with parlimentary democracy, ethics and integrity so they’re hypocrites AGAIN.

    Elizabeth Maria Seger

  20. Anonymous says:

    Interesting site for those into STOP HARPER! wanting to spice up their life with a little home grown ‘civil disobedience’.


  21. Anonymous says:

    Paper stickers do not legally constitute ‘damage’ to the sign. Although, the Highway Traffic Act in your province may have something to say about it. I fought the sticker “damage” charge in Ontario Appeals Court in ’95 and won against McDonald’s.

    Cristoforo Sartor

  22. Anonymous says:

    Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~ Howard Zinn

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