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I Completely Disagree With Your #StopHarper Methods Brigette DePape AKA Brigette Marcelle

Brigette DePape aka Brigette Marcelle, (what is your real name anyway?) this is an open letter to you. Before I begin I want to make clear I am not endeavoring to debate partisan politics with this post.

I understand that you aren’t happy with the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. I understand that you didn’t vote for him and are clearly disappointed that he is the Prime Minister of Canada. I have read your press release (copy/pasted/linked below) and I am happy that democracy and freedom is strong and healthy in this country. The very fact hat you feel safe enough to pull a stunt like you did is obviously indicative of that. Quite frankly though, I don’t care about your opinion if it involves doing what you did. That you felt so strongly that you believe you have the right to disrupt our government based on your own whim is disgusting to me. What kind of self-centered brat are you? Whether or not you like the man, respect the office and respect the traditions that make Canada what it is today. Do not disrespect the office because you dislike the man.

“Most People In The Country Know…”

I have read your press release and parts of it reads like the rantings of a crazy person. The things you go on to list when you write what “[m]ost people in this country know what we need…” you obviously believe Prime Minister Harper and his government do not believe that we as a country need those things. My question to you is that if most people in the country know that we need these things and the Prime Minister is against these things how did his party manage to win a majority of seats in the 40th Canadian Parliament? They went from having a minority government to having a majority government, to me that would indicate that not only were people in the country happy with his government but more people in this country than the last election were happy with his government and therefore they were able to gain even more seats in Parliament. It also indicates that contrary to what is stated in your press release the people of Canada seem to know what we need is what Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government thinks we need. After all, this was evidenced in the ballot boxes.

Propaganda: What Eligible Voters Supported

Next, you state that, “3 out of 4 eligible voters didn’t even give their support to the Conservatives” and therefore Conservatives are wrong about what Canadian values are. Let’s examine that number because its use is straight up propaganda.

According to what was reported by the National Post here Elections Canada says there were 23,971,740 registered electors in Canada for this election.

By numbers I was able to find (in Wikipedia’s Canadian Federal Election, 2011 article) the number of votes the Conservatives received was 5,832,401. So if we take the 23,971,740 registered voters and minus 5,832,401 we are left with 18,139,339 out of 23,971,740 voters.  That is almost exactly 75% of voters in Canada which is how you get your number that 3 out of 4 eligible voters didn’t vote Conservative.

But that number is extremely skewed because, oops! only 61.4% of eligible electors actually voted! That means that almost 40% of people didn’t even come out to vote. This makes your use of that number propaganda pure and simple. What happens when you remove the 40% from that number is you get 35% or 3.5 out of 10 voters who actively didn’t vote for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. The rest of them just chose not to vote at all. But just for fun let’s see what happens if we take the same numbers Brigette DePape aka Brigette Marcelle used to come up with her “3 out of 4 eligible voters didn’t give their support…” and use it with the NDP and the Liberals.

The NDP – the current Official Opposition Party – had 4,508,474 votes. 23,971,740 registered voters minus 4,508,474 and you get 19,463,266 which is about 82% of eligible voters. Therefore we can say that 4 out of 5 eligible voters didn’t even give their support to the NDP using Brigette DePape aka Brigette Marcelle’s own skewed propagandistic math against her. (What the heck should I be calling her anyway? Brigette DePape or Brigette Marcelle?)

The Liberals had 2,783,175 votes. Doing the same as above and we get 21,188,565 eligible voters which is about 88% of eligible voters, for my own propagandistic purposes I am going to round up and call that 90% of eligible voters. Now we can say that 9 out of 10 eligible voters didn’t even give their support to the Liberals.

Clockwise from top left: 2011 Egyptian revolution, Tunisian revolution, 2011 Yemeni protests, 2011 Syrian uprising.

Encouraging “A Canadian version of an Arab Spring”

Are you serious? This is the part that most makes me think you sound like a complete lunatic. This is the part that makes me think you might be losing touch with reality.

I think that your comparing the situation in Canada to that of those in countries under dictatorships in North Africa and the Middle East previous to the beginning of the protests and unrests is deplorable and disgusting. Quite frankly, I don’t think there is anyone out there who is sane that will tell you that we do not live in a democracy here in Canada. We have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a Constitution which guarantees everyone certain rights and freedoms. We have a democratically elected government. We do not suffer from rampantly corrupt bureaucracy and government officials or a police force that is notoriously abusive to its citizens. I know some of you are going to pull out the Toronto 2010 G20 Protests and the way the police acted but look what is happening now – they are all in court and almost everything is being looked at by our judiciary and government and cops who acted outside their authority are being called to account for their actions and, where necessary, punished appropriately.

Do you really think that your actions are to be compared with Mohamed Bouazizi, the man who lit himself on fire in Tunisia and set off the Arab Spring and wave of revolutions and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa? I think you dishonor that brave man’s memory by your actions.

Shame on you for even thinking to compare the situation in Canada to what the people living under those brutally oppressive regimes have been going through for decades. You cheapen their struggle and it actually disgusted me to read your press release. I am disturbed by the fact that someone made a Facebook fan page for you and saddened that someone offered you a job because your behavior, in my opinion, should not be encouraged in a country like Canada.

Take a look at the map below. That map is a representation of The Economist’s Democracy Index survey for 2010. Do you know why Canada is a dark green country? Because the dark green colored countries mean that they are rated as “fully democratic”. Canada was rated a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is Fully Democratic and 0 is Authoritarian. I invite you, now that you are done with your job in the Senate – rightfully so – to take a vacation in one of those countries that are maroon or even the other two shades of red. I hear North Korea is very nice this time of year. Then you can come back and complain about Canadian democracy and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

As a wrap up, we live in a democracy. Your actions were not necessary. Your actions were actually abhorrent because you are trying to ruin a country that – in terms of being democratically free – is one of the closest we as a species have ever gotten to utopia. Shame on you. I think you should release a new press release apologizing to all of Canada, Senate, the House of Commons, the Governor General and our Prime Minister for wasting all of our time and insulting the institutions we hold dear. There is a time and a place for peaceful protest. During the Speech from the Throne from the floor of the Senate within the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa is not one of them. I don’t know if there is a law against what you did but if there is I really hope they charge you.


Full Text of the Press Release issued by her friend immediately after she staged her protest via CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2011/06/paging-security-throne-speech-protestor.html


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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  1. Chris
    June 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Hey do a bit of research before you start slamming her. If you did, you’d find she isn’t inexperienced. She lived in Bosnia. She has a degree in International Development and Globalization. She really knows the subject area, and your bit of angry commentary just sounds a bit pompous in return.

    • June 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you for your comment Chris. Truly, thank you. To address your points:
      – “I didn’t want my parents to know about it, so I figured I would use my middle name.” http://www.canada.com/news/Page+turns+rips+Harper+Senate/4889991/story.html Now that is one worldly lady who clearly has tons of experience in the real world. She figures she is going to protest during the Speech from the Throne in front of the entire Canadian federal government and during an event live televised to the entire country but no way her parents are ever finding out about this. Good plan.
      Pompous: Affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important: “a pompous ass”. Where in my post did I EVER say anything to make myself sound self-important? If anything I did the exact opposite saying that what was important here was to respect our Canada and its democracy because it is one of the best in the world and indeed, in human history.
      – I have been doing a couple searches since I read your comment. I can find no reference in the brief amount of searches I have done about her spending time in Bosnia. Care to share the link? What was she doing there? Was she actually living there amongst the people? Either way, according to the quoted Democracy Index Bosnia and Herzegovina is a 5.32 on the scale – a “Hybrid Regime” in the middle of that section – which is on the low end of the scale but is not an authoritarian dictatorship regime. Please do your own research. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index and see the countries that are in the midst of the “Arab Spring” and how they are scored – as authoritarian governments – countries such as Tunisia 2.79, Egypt 3.07, Libya 1.94, Syria 2.31, Jordan 3.74, Iran 1.94, Yemen 2.64

  2. June 4, 2011 at 1:07 am

    “…My question to you is that if most people in the country know that we need these things and the Prime Minister is against these things how did his party manage to win a majority of seats in the 40th Canadian Parliament?…”

    -because our farcical corrupt excuse for democracy allows for a ‘majority’ with 40% of the 60% of Canadians who bothered to vote, -translates into about a 25% mandate. Harper is a total embarrassment to Canada, great to see himself embarrassed by this courageous young woman

    • June 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      But why do you blame Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party for that? If anyone here is to blame it is:
      (A) The Fathers of Confederation or
      (B) The British Monarch – the real Canadian head of state or
      (C) the Liberal Party of Canada who have dominated Canadian federal politics for much of this country’s history. In fact, they held power for almost 69 years in the 20th century, more than any other party in a developed country.
      Aside from that, just because you think that a different form of elections would be better (I assume you are for full proportional representation) doesn’t devalue this form of democracy and make it corrupt and a farce. I must request that you take apologize for that insult to Canadian democracy.

  3. June 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Dan, the only thing about this post is that you’re splitting hairs over a girl, immersed in political culture, who has expressed her disillusionment with the establishment in a ballsy and non-traditional way. Considering how complacent many Canadians are, this will sadly have no effect, for the majority of eligible voters did not vote, did not agree with Harper and feel more alienated from Canada’s political sphere. But, Harper’s policies, beyond being terrifying at large, are bred in an environment of a majority government, leaving us little opportunity for sincere protection by parties more invested in the well being of Canadians.

    I believe this young girl has martyred herself with hopes that Canadians will be inspired, because in numbers we have the power to make change and have the country that we want. I stand behind Canadians to peacefully have a voice, regardless of how non-traditional or unexpected. They will provoke discussion and change.

    I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss. Canada, when pushed far enough, has balls.

    • June 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Marie, thanks for your comment, I appreciate your reading my post. However, in fact, the majority of Canadian eligible voters did indeed vote – 61% is above 49.9% and therefore considered a majority.
      I dismiss her because we had free and fair elections and the people who chose to spoke up by voting at the ballot boxes and returned the Conservatives to parliament with a majority government. I am not here to debate politics or policies of different political parties, for all you know I voted Green Party. If this girl wanted to inspire people maybe she should have run a get out the vote campaign during the election – maybe she did, I don’t know.
      If what she says is correct, that the majority of Canadians do not want Stephen Harper as Prime Minister then please back it up with something other than propagandistic math.
      The beauty of living in a democracy like Canada is that in a couple of years we will all be able to vote again and then, if Ms DePape aka Ms Marcelle is right, the NDP or the Liberals or the Green Party will be vaulted into a majority government of their own and they can make the changes they want in the country. Until then, assuming that most Canadians truly do not want Stephen Harper as Prime Minister which I still find very difficult to believe, her best bet is to actually let Stephen Harper run the country as he sees fit as Prime Minister and enact policies that will piss off Canadians, all while she is out there agitating people to vote during the next election and then all those pissed off people will throw Stephen Harper and the Conservatives out of office in 2015.
      But to tear down our democratic institutions and disrupt the orderly conducting of the governing of our country all because you weren’t happy with the results of the election? That is not democracy in my opinion.

  4. Amy
    June 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Well said! What she did was an act of reckless stupidity. She is a coward. Anyone who praises her and refers to her as “brave” for this act is as much an embarrassment to Canada as she is. It’s so annoying how the lefties constantly complain about how only 40% (out of 61%) voted for Harper, yet far lees than that voted for their party of choice. Also, the majority Liberal governments we’ve had in the past have slipped through with far less than 40% as well. It’s the Lefty “sense” of entitlement. The system only becomes flawed when their guy doesn’t win. I seriously wonder why the Lefty way of thinking is so messed up and wrong. It’s almost like they weren’t born with common sense. We live in a wonderful democratic country. If this psycho girl had protested the way she did in many of the Middle Eastern countries, she would have been decapitated right there and then. I do hope she will be slapped with a heavy fine, (personally I think she deserves a good slap to the side of the head as well).

    I’m not Harper’s biggest fan, but he is definitely the best out of all the leaders to choose from. Jack is a blubbering idiot, there’s no denying that, and Iggy was out of the country for most of his life and completely out of touch with the Canadian people. Furthermore, Harper is most likely the smartest Prime Minister we’ve had so far. He behaves in a dignified and professional manner, and he is more concerned about the welfare of victims of crime, rather than the criminals the bleeding heart Liberals favor. Like him or hate him, he is our democratically elected PM. I wonder how the lefties would like it if or when the next time their guy is elected and all the people who voted for another party started whining, complaining, and acting like psycho paths the way they are now. I’m sure they wouldn’t be very appreciative.

    I really dislike how this stupid girl is trying to cause civil unrest in Canada that we definitely don’t want or need. The least of the outcome of that would be to make Canada look foolish to the rest of the first world countries, the worst outcome will be that people will get hurt or even killed. Does she really want to be responsible for that?

    All in all, the girl is an idiot who has no idea about what it’s like to be an adult. She should seriously be issued a mandatory psychological evaluation before being allowed back on the streets. She just may need some mental help. But then again, most lefties belong in a psycho ward.

    The ones who praise her are either idiots, sore losers, or both. Her atrocious behavior is criticized by mature intelligent adults. The majority of her fans are fellow “children” who have never had a full time job or paid a penny of tax in their lives. Shame on you. Hopefully one day you will be able to pull your heads out of your asses and finally come to realize how the real world works, and how it’s like to be a hard working citizen who contributes to society. Until then, get your life together and stop whining. When the next election comes along, you’ll get your chance to vote again. If your guy doesn’t win again, you need to learn to accept it like a responsible mature adult and get on with your life. Things don’t always go your way. That’s a lesson that most of us learn as small children, far before age 21.

    • June 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks for your comment Amy. I appreciate your support of my belief that she acted completely inappropriately. I do not agree with the name calling of people on the political left.

  5. Vince Tripp
    June 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Great post Dan, love the way you twisted the stats right back at her.

  6. Kat
    June 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I blame Layton for this rabid behavior the young people have suddenly taken on. During the election campaign, he was egging them on, encouraging them to act like a bunch of wild hippies on crack, promising them the world at the expense of tax payers. Before that, most youth had little or no interest in politics since the government didn’t even have an effect on their lives yet. A lot of young people are not smart enough to make mature decisions, although they are legally adults at 18. This is the product of our society keeping them children mentally for as long as possible, while allowing them to participate in the adult world. As a result, ignorance is bred, and we have a bunch of uncivilized, selfish, naive, and infantile idiots to deal with, telling people much older, smarter, and more experienced than them how the country should be run, not caring about the disastrous results of their outrageous ideas. Someone should hold up a sign similar to her’s that reads “Stop Layton’s brainwashing of Canada’s youth.” The youth would never have gotten so out of control if it weren’t for Layton’s stupidity. I would much rather have a Liberal opposition than Layton. The Libs are a bunch of whiners too, but at least they somewhat have the ability to conduct their arguments in a more professional and civilized manner unlike the NDP and their vulnerable, gullible, and extremely ignorant supporters.

    • June 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Kat, thank you for your comment however I don’t really agree with you that young people shouldn’t be involved in politics. I think it is important that everyone be involved in politics and we should all show an interest in voting and the politics of our country.
      Ronald Reagan once said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
      That quote, in my mind, is just as relevant in Canada. Just because some wingnut named Brigette went off the reservation is no reason to blame encouraging the young adults of our country to get involved in politics. Whether or not people of my generation and younger are irresponsible because of society is an entirely different discussion.

      • Kat
        June 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

        I think you misunderstood what I meant. I am also a young person myself, only two years older than DePape, but from what I’ve seen, I believe that many youth have been corrupted and brain washed by the media, society, as well as each other. I think young people definitely should be involved in politics, however, they need to learn to make decisions based on their own research rather than relying on the media and others to make those decisions for them. There are definitely youth that do this, I can speak for myself and I can assume that you do as well. However, from my point of view, many young people turned to the NDP due to peer pressure. There’s too much peer pressure and media brain washing when it comes to youth and politics, and the only way to combat this is for the youth to reject society’s assumption of them being incapable of adult thought just because they’re young. They need to mature and learn about who and what they’re voting for before they make their decision rather than blindly following a political cult. As long as stupid youth like this girl get so much attention from the media by demonstrating such disrespectful and childish behavior, fellow youth who are too lazy or blind to come up with their own opinions will behave in this selfish bratty way as well. Monkey see, monkey do.

      • June 11, 2011 at 2:11 am

        I agree. The media is not helping matters by encouraging this kind of behavior.

  7. James
    June 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I am currently a student of The University of Winnipeg, in the city this outspoken girl came from (please don’t hold that against us. We don’t usually breed craziness here.) Dan, you have done a great job pointing out Brigette’s short comings and countering her nonsense with actual facts. I also have a few choice words for her of my own, and I do hope she isn’t too cowardly to read something written by those who disagree with her, though that may be overestimating her quite a bit.

    But first I just want to comment on something Amy wrote in here. The political left are born with common sense, just like regular people, but unfortunately some of them refuse to use it. Of course this doesn’t apply to all who lean to the left. The ones who are more center are usually very decent and hard working people. But the further left you go, the more extreme they get. These are the people who expect the government, from our taxes of course, to pay for their living expenses instead of seeking employment, as well as University students who mistake education as a right instead of a privilege and expect the working population of Canada to pay every cent of their post-secondary education. Brigette and people with like minds choose the irrational approach to a logical one simply because they prefer the easy road.

    Now Brigette, I saw your interview with CTV, and I have a few questions and comments for you. First of all, what makes you think you speak for the majority of Canadians? Where do you come off telling us what Canadian values are? What you outlined as disastrous in the Harper agenda is you opinion, and you’re entitled to it, but what makes you think you can speak for me as well? The fact is, I don’t agree with you at all. First, you showed such utter disregard and contempt by your bizarre protest during a cherished Canadian tradition, showing blatant disrespect for not only our Prime Minister, but for everyone there, including your co-workers, and for the Canadian public who went out and voted on May 2. Both your actions and words suggest that you are not quite in control of yourself. I can promise you, your extreme and radical views are not compatible with mine, nor do I want an unruly child representing me, or my generation for that matter.

    Furthermore, your complaint about the military funding including the fighter jets is ridiculous. These soldiers are fighting to defend us all, they deserve our full support. They’re putting their lives on the line for us, and you have the nerve to publicly snub them? Shame on you.

    Then you go on to complain about more prisons being built. Are you suggesting that you would rather have murderers and rapists being put under house arrest instead of safely secured behind bars? Our jails are packed to the brim! This is something the law abiding citizens of Canada want, and NEED to keep them safe.

    You, and those who support you should really be ashamed of yourselves. Why is it that you people can’t use simple logic? Why must you be so obnoxiously ignorant? You argue “only 40% voted for Harper.” Yeah, well even less than that voted for any of the other parties, and the Libs were completely annihilated! It’s pretty clear from the election results that Harper is what over half of the 61% of people who took the time to go out and vote wanted, so yes, he did get the majority of the vote whether you like it or not. You extreme lefties tend to be a rabid bunch. The guy you voted for doesn’t win, and you start acting like little children throwing a temper tantrum in the store because mommy wouldn’t buy you a lollipop. You resort to name calling of those with a different political opinion than you, and then think you can somehow change the election result by encouraging civil unrest. The fact is the Conservative minded people had to put up with the garbage from left wing parties for years! We dealt with it, now it’s your turn. It seems like our political system only becomes a problem if a left leaning PM isn’t elected. Hypocrites.

    Brigette, We have a democratic system in place here in Canada. How dare you compare it to the Arab countries where people are being brutally slaughtered if they so much as dare utter one ill word against their self-appointed leaders. How about you travel to one of those countries and experience it first hand before you go making these outrageous comparisons. If you survive, I’m sure your point of view will be greatly altered.

    You obviously don’t realize this, but the way a professional and intelligent adult living in a democratic country protests against their government is during the election by voting against the party they don’t agree with. If that party wins anyway, they suck it up, that’s the way democracy works. Basically what you’re doing is imposing on other people’s right to choose the leader for our country. You want a dictatorship, but you want it in your own vision. You are a very arrogant person and a disgrace to Canada, and to Canadian youth.

    So, Brigette, will you open yourself up to debate? I sincerely doubt it. You will continue hiding from those who challenge you, not capable of coming up with intelligent and valid arguments to back up your personal claims. The misguided and simple minded refer to you as brave and even go as far as calling you a hero, (which is an insult in itself. Firemen, hospital workers, police officers, soldiers, these are the REAL heroes, not some spoiled brat waving a paper sign around to show contempt for parliament). The fact is you’re nothing but a sniveling little coward that doesn’t have the guts or brains to counter the facts Dan has pointed out in his letter to you, or answer the questions I posted above. Your real reason for pulling off this manipulative and outright stupid act was for your own self gain, nothing more. Enjoy the fame you do not deserve while you have it. You will find out the hard way that it’s not wise to bite the hand that holds your paycheck. You have recklessly thrown away a wonderful opportunity that so many bright and deserving young people would have loved to have. The only way you will ever be able to even slightly redeem yourself is a formal apology to not only the Prime Minister, but to all of Canada as well. But I’m not going to hold my breath on that one considering how somebody with your hard headed way of thinking will never admit their ignorance, no matter how stupid and crazy you look. You should be thanking your lucky stars that you simply lost your job, although what you did is definitely punishable by law, (which, in my opinion, should be implemented).

    As long as CTV and other media sources give these radicals the attention they seek, they will never learn to become intelligent and productive members of society. I’m striving to make something out of myself. All I can do is my part, and I will continue to do so. I hope that one day you will wake up from this self induced delusion, realize what a fool you were, and carry on like the rest of us. Life is short, youth is even shorter. My advice to you, don’t waste anymore of it. Enjoy what you have, focus on your own life, and stop trying to force your political beliefs on others. Canada has voted, Stephen Harper is our Prime Minister with a majority government, and he will continue to be so for the next 4+ years. He was democratically elected, and all your protests and personal opinions are not going to change that. I’m thankful to be living in a country where the citizens have the right to choose who runs their government, and you should be too. If you are reading this, I do wish you the best of luck with your life when you finally decide to get one.

  8. Melanie Lynn
    June 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Harper won a majority, a rising from the minority he occupied previously simply and only because voters were terrified of the ‘other’ choice – I.e. Ignatieff. Therefore they chose the lesser of 2 evils. Hardly a fair election, and exactly the reason DePape HAD TO dissent in such a way. The time and place were totally appropriate given the current situation.

  9. Melanie Lynn
    June 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    When someone doesn’t like the results of an election, they have every right to protest it. A protest is designed to gain attention. She achieved that, What I applaud is this young lady’s courage to challenge authority. Right or wrong in her justifications or motivation, that takes real strength of character. Just because there are people who must sacrifice a lot more for a lot less does not make her act less valuable. She should not be crucified because she lives in a country where death or dismemberment is not an acceptable form of punishment for dissent. The comparison to Arab countries, I feel, was made to emphasize the fact that almost half of the Canadian population (like the 39% of eligible voters) who refused to act even though they had that right, were taking their privilege for granted.

    • June 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Her “stunt is akin to college boys streaking across the football field before the home game looking for attention- nothing more.

  10. June 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Wonderful post Dan. Great discussions. I think you’ve taken a very good position, not arguing the politics of it, but the delivery and the faults within her comparisons. Well done.

  11. Amy
    June 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    This election was forced by the left parties. I think the result was pretty fair. This is how all the leaders before Harper were elected. Why do you only hear these types of protests when a Conservative is elected? Right wing people can accept the election results when a Liberal PM gets in, why can’t the left wing show the same respect and graciousness? All my Liberal friends are wondering the same thing and say that most of these “hippie” types voted for NDP or Green.

  12. Laina
    June 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Kat, I can understand what you’re getting at about young voters. Most who support this Brigette girl are young kids/adults between 18 and 24 that don’t know a whole lot about the democratic process, all they see is that the person they wanted to be PM didn’t win.
    Of course there are exceptions, not all 18 to 24 year olds are that ignorant, but the ones who are tend to be very loud about it.
    I think most people 25 and older have a more mature and adult way of thinking and realize what this girl did was wrong. I think it’s accepted by our society that young adults in the 18 to 24 age group still think like adolescents, so it’s one thing for them to be all starry eyed about this ridiculous act of protest. But anyone over 25 who thinks she acted appropriately has some serious growing up to do.

  13. June 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks all so much for all your comments! I love all the debate going on here and will be answering your comments as soon as I can.

    • Tina
      June 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

      “If you’re not a Liberal at 25 you have no heart. If you’re not a Conservative at 35 you have no brain.” I’ve been a Conservative since I was 18. I’d take logical thinking over a bleeding heart any day.

      A 32 year old Conservative was just elected speaker of the house, the youngest speaker ever. Now THAT’S a real victory for the youth in this country, usually this job goes to old people in their 60s. This young Conservative has been working his butt off since he was younger than Brigette DePape, and he’s been rewarded for it. She chose to take a short-cut, got her 15 minutes of fame, now she’s pretty much forgotten. I wonder where she’ll be at 32. Nowhere near the status of Scheer, that’s for sure. She better get comfortable saying the words “Can I take your order.” Hard work perseveres, not screaming, yelling, or waving signs around.

  14. Masha
    June 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Dan, your points are well thought out and valid. I commend you for trying to get Miss DePape to see things from a logical point of view, although I fear it is wasted on the likes of her.

    On the note of the Lefty situation here in Canada, the silly and childish way the extremist Left have been acting since the election results would be enough to convert me to the Right wing, if I was a Leftie of course. Not only for the praise they give to this cowardly and manipulative little page, but also for their reactions to the fake story that a hacker put up on the Conservative webpage. The crazy ones on the Left used this opportunity to express their hatred for our Prime Minister by tweeting comments about how nice it was for Harper to have choked on a hash brown, How great it was for him to be near death. And when they found out the story was false, they expressed disappointment, disappointment that a fellow human being with a wife and children wasn’t on his death bed. They express this hatred on such a personal level, it’s not just about disagreeing with his politics anymore. These people are deranged… just evil. It actually makes me sick to my stomach to know that such ugly hatred to the point of wanting our Prime Minister to die is so rampant in our wonderful free country, the only country that would allow Miss DePape to get away with her silent outburst without serving jail time or worse.

    Brigette DePape, as well as those who support her are nothing but Left wing bullies who do not want the voices of Conservatives to be heard. They spit on the will of the majority of those who went out and voted on May 2nd. They call their protests freedom of speech, yet they want to stifle anyone who dares disagree with them. They wish Canada would become a communist country, with only the Left having a say when it comes to the government. Ezra Levant from Sun News pointed it out perfectly, these people hate democracy. They hate Canada. If they dislike our Prime Minister to the point where they wish him ill will, they should seriously consider taking up residence in another country, maybe one of those Arab Spring places they’re so obsessed with.
    And now these hacker attacks on the Conservative website were able to pull a list of those who donate to the Conservative party. It may not seem like a big deal, but the fact is the security of these people has been violated. These cyber bullies are trying to scare people away from voting or donating to the Conservative party. Terrorists are obviously alive and well even here in Canada, the most free country in the world.
    Do what you will, but you will only harden our resolve to stand by the Conservative party, and stand up to the oppression the left is trying to impose on this country. We have our own way of protesting that doesn’t involve screaming temper tantrums and waving around homemade signs. We won’t stoop down to your level, but you will not break us either, no matter how you try.

    That’s my 2 cents. Just sick and tired of these extremists trying to take control of the best country in the world.

  15. Tina
    June 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    What makes Brigette Marcelle DePape unique, (and more dangerous), among left wing protesters is her proposal for an Arab Spring. It makes me wonder if she even understands what is going on in an Arab Spring. The people in those countries are fighting for the right to vote, a right Canadians already have. So if she actually does know what she’s talking about, her objective is to cause anarchy, rising up against a recently elected Prime Minister, forcing him out, and placing a person of her choice in his place. Her objective is actually opposite of the Arab Spring protesters’ goal. She wants to tear down the democratic process here in Canada, and replace it with a dictatorship, and her little fans agree with her, (of course they would, their choice didn’t win in the election). It will never happen, but it’s what she’s urging whoever will listen to her to do. It can get pretty scary when hippies get out of control.

  16. Tron
    June 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Marcelle/DePape is an ignorant twit. This girl is a frickin joke! The people who praise her are kooks. It’s not surprising she’s attracted the attention of Jabba the Hutt (A.K.A Michael Moore), the icing on the kook cake. She’s not brave, and she’s no heroine. But she’s definitely ON heroin.

    • Laina
      June 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      True that.

  17. Sexton Hardcastle
    August 1, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I’m sure she cares what you think of her protest.

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