Friday, 3 June 2011

A Senate page is fired for saying what most Canadians are saying

Senate page fired for anti-Harper protest - Politics - CBC News
A page stands in the middle of the floor of the Senate as Governor General David Johnston delivers the speech from the throne in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill on Friday.
Brigette DePape, a Senate page,  stood on the Senate floor during the Governor General's reading of the speech from the throne holding a Stop Harper sign. She was nearing the end of her term as a page. She was removed and fired.

From Brigette's news release:
"Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,"
DePape said in the release. "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."

"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."

Hear hear!

1 comment:

johnnygal said...

Something about this photo somehow reminds me of the very famous one of "tank man" in Tiananmen Square - the futility of the situation giving rise to a last act of brave desperation...perhaps once our quality of life has been reduced to mere survival by these tyrants, we can all be as courageous as young Brigitte...but only when we have nothing left to lose, I fear.