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article imageMichael Moore praises Senate Page Brigette DePape's 'Stop Harper'

By Andrew Moran     Jun 6, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - American filmmaker and activist Michael Moore has come out in support of Brigette DePape, a rogue Senate Page who held a red sign during the opening session of the 41st Canadian Parliament that read "Stop Harper."
Last week, Governor General David Johnston read the speech from the throne to introduce the 41st Canadian Parliament and the Speaker of the House of Commons. However, the proceedings didn’t go exactly as planned.
Shortly following Canada’s GG began reading the speech, a 21-year-old Parliamentary Page, Brigette DePape, walked towards the centre of the House of Commons, stood behind the Justices of the Supreme Court and held a red sign that stated: “Stop Harper.”
This led to her being escorted out by security and was fired from her position as a Senate Page. DePape is being mentored by Manitoba Liberal Senator Sharon Carstairs.
A few days after this incident, United States activist and filmmaker Michael Moore came out in support of DePape and called her actions an “iconic moment” in Canadian politics, according to the Canadian Press.
File photo: American filmmaker Michael Moore
File photo: American filmmaker Michael Moore
Photo by Nicolas Genin
“For a young person to do that and to do it peacefully, and quietly and with grace, I thought it was a very powerful moment,” said Moore. “Every now and then there is an iconic moment where an individual takes action, and it inspires others to think about, you know, what else would we be doing.”
Moore later posted her protest photo on his website and provided links on his Facebook that support the former Parliamentary Page. The director of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Capitalism: A Love Story” even offered her a job.
Not everyone, though, supports DePape’s decision. According to the Globe and Mail, her father questioned if anything would actually be solved by her protest. Meanwhile, Official Opposition Leader Jack Layton disapproved of the ordeal because “it’s wrong.”
“We have been pushing for decorum in the House of Commons. You don’t have decorum if people are standing up holding up signs in the middle of debates and solemn moment,” said the New Democratic Party Leader. “We encourage protests, it is part of a great long tradition of democracy. But it should be happening at the proper place and at the proper time.”
Nevertheless, the former Parliamentary Page has garnered support from many. She has been offered jobs from a journalistic organization, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Council of Canadians.
A June 10 rally in Ottawa is being planned to protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “disastrous policies” and to call for an “Arab Spring.”
“We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the environment,” said DePape, reports the Toronto Sun.
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