Canadian Activist Loses Senate Page Position over Unprecedented Protest


In Canada, a Senate page has lost her job after staging a controversial demonstration on the floor of the governing body. Brigette DePape, 21, staged an unprecedented protest by walking onto the Senate floor Friday carrying a sign that read, “Stop Harper,” referencing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Following her removal from her job, DePape called for a Canadian version of the Arab Spring movement that has swept through the Middle East and North Africa.

    Brigette DePape: "I think that it’s defeatist to say, ‘Oh, we have a Harper majority government, and, you know, we’ll let them do as much as they can for the next four years.’ Frankly, we need to act now. We need to stop the conservative agenda. Three-quarters of Canadians disagree with the Harper agenda. Conservative values are not Canadian values. And so, we need to take to the streets now."

Following her loss of employment, DePape was offered a job by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, who praised her act of civil disobedience as an “iconic moment.”

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