Earlier this afternoon, Brigette Marcelle, a 21 year old senate page, reminded Prime Minister Stephen Harper that most of Canada doesn’t share his vision. She marched into the Canadian Senate chamber during the throne speech bearing a red “Stop Harper” stop sign. The sergeant-at-arms immediately escorted her out of the room.
Bridget’s one-person protest was not just an act of civil disobedience. It showed uncommon bravery. She risked a lot more than the average Canadian activist is willing to put on the line for what they believe in.
She knew that the protest would be regarded as a breech of security, and an affront to the hallowed traditions of the senate chamber. During the past year, she held a job coveted by thousand of politically minded university students across Canada. She knew she’d be fired from the job.
Marcelle took a stand against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives at a time some pundits are beginning to tell us Harper harbors no hidden agenda. She reminded Harper that the majority of Canadians didn’t vote for him.
But most importantly, Marcelle reminded all progressives that the fight for Canada and its democratic values, institutions and traditions did not end with the May 2 Federal election. It has only begun.