Today was the official Throne Speech of Parliament and the ushering in of an active Conservative Majority and NDP opposition. Although this symbolic ceremony is a highlight of our political system, it was the actions of 21 year old Bridgette DePape that made me extremely happy and overjoyed with emotion!
If you have not heard, Bridgette WAS a page working for the house (someone who assists individuals with photocopying, fetching water, etc). She went onto the floor today and in a bold statement held up a stop Harper sign in front of everyone including the media while the Governor General made his important ceremonial speech.
All I can say is....WELL DONE BRIDGETTE!!!! WELL DONE! This girl has just shown us what a true Democracy is! This is what I have been talking about people, you need to understand that the government should fear its people and not the other way around. I look around and see so many people either not caring about what our government does or to afraid to question it. This young and politically motivated girl has provided us with an example of a liberty we have in this country that we take for granted! While other people die after even opening their mouth about their governments(dictatorships), we sit back and forget about how lucky we are!!!!!
This stunt took a lot of courage and motivation...hell it took a lot of plain old fashioned balls to stand up in front of all of those people and voice her protest to our government. I mean sure, there has been a lot of discussion on the ethics imposed by the Harper government and people have begun questioning it, but nothing close to the amount of questioning as many other countries do.
As a result, I would like to extend an award to Bridgette for having the right mind to uphold her civic duty as a citizen of this country and utilize her freedom of speech. She could have gone to her local MP, but there would be a little to no chance that any protest she made would get to the top, this was an effective and excellent show of ones opinion and I hope Harper got a good look!
If you want to read the entire story, check out the CBC link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/03/pol-senate-page.html
How do you feel about today's simply awesome protest and the strength this girl has shown us?