A Senate page who was fired Friday for holding a STOP HARPER sign during the government’s throne speech says she hopes to inspire more cases of “civil disobedience.”
CTV (H/T Kelly) -Brigette Marcelle, a 21-year-old graduate from the University of Ottawa, said that she only recently decided to put her job on the line and stage the silent protest. Though she was immediately fired from the sought-after position, Marcelle said she doesn’t regret upstaging the government on its coming out day in Ottawa.
In fact, Marcelle, who is also a theatre performer, called on people across the country to stage Canada’s own version of the “Arab Spring” and stand up to the recently-elected Conservative majority government. “This is the only way we’re going to see real change,” Marcelle told CTV News Channel, as she conceded that Harper’s majority government will hold parliamentary sway for the next four years.
Marcelle managed to hold her sign up for about 20 seconds, and stood steps from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She was quickly escorted out of the chamber and immediately fired., said Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,” Marcelle said. She added that the government is “blowing billions of dollars” on fighter jets and corporate tax cuts, but ignoring important environmental issues like climate change.