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.“
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
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.”
- The CBC article here http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/03/pol-senate-page.html taken by Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS
- The CBC article here http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2011/06/paging-security-throne-speech-protestor.html taken by Chris Wattie, REUTERS.
- Collage above of Arab Spring Protests was uploaded by The Egyptian Liberal and found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring
- The Economist’s Democracy Index survey for 2010, map http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Democracy_Index_2010.png