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Hero of the Day: Brigette Marcelle

Started by Antigoth, June 03, 2011, 03:22:34 PM

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"Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation." ~ Brigette Marcelle


A 21-year-old page has lost her job after walking onto the Senate floor during the speech from the throne to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Brigitte Marcelle, a recent University of Ottawa graduate, carried a sign reading "Stop Harper" and walked out in front of Gov. Gen. David Johnston as he read the speech Friday afternoon.

Senate pages are hired for one to two years to work in the upper chamber, providing basic support to the senators during sittings and in committee meetings, which generally means fetching water, photocopying documents and passing messages. They tend to be politically engaged, but this type of protest is unprecedented.

Marcelle went as far as to prepare a press release, which a friend distributed after she was removed from the Senate chamber by security.

"Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation," Marcelle 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."

The release says Marcelle was a page for a year, but realized that working within Parliament "wouldn't stop Harper's agenda."

"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."

A spokeswoman for the Senate said Marcelle, who is listed as Brigitte De Pape on both the Senate page website and in her email address, has been removed from her position as a page.

This is bringing a tear to my eye, and gives me hope for our nations future.


More people needs to step up against the government. In a peaceful manner of course. Marcelle has indefinitely open up a new beginning for her country's future. OR she will be facing real disciplinary action against her. I must admit she is really brave to stand up for her country's citizen.

"Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation." ~ Brigette Marcelle