My new hero: Brigette Marcelle

Wow, full respect to Bridgette Marcelle for standing up during today’s throne speech with a “Stop Harper” sign. Toronto Sun has a good picture and a bit of text.

It took a bit of searching to find her full press release online, and parts of it seem to generally be left out of most news stories, so here it is:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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*, 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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I couldn’t agree more with Brigette, but the concept of an Arab Spring happening in Canada seems very unlikely to me. For most of the country, the issues of increased military spending, shitty medicare and a very fucked-up environment are not nearly as important as tomorrow’s hockey game. For a large movement to happen, people will need to have no other choice; we’ll need to hit rock-bottom. And while the majority of the country still has gas in their trucks, food-like products in the fridge and something on the television, we still haven’t hit rock-bottom.

Even if Canada did try to engage our own movement, our primary communications would likely disappear (or just used against us), and we all know exactly what side law enforcement would be on.