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« on: June 03, 2011, 03:40:05 pm »

Canadian Parliment Page fired for Stop Harper sign




A 21-year-old page has lost her job after walking onto the Senate floor during the speech from the throne to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Brigitte Marcelle, a recent University of Ottawa graduate, carried a sign reading "Stop Harper" and walked out in front of Gov. Gen. David Johnston as he read the speech Friday afternoon.

Senate pages are hired for one to two years to work in the upper chamber, providing basic support to the senators during sittings and in committee meetings, which generally means fetching water, photocopying documents and passing messages. They tend to be politically engaged, but this type of protest is unprecedented.

Marcelle went as far as to prepare a press release, which a friend distributed after she was removed from the Senate chamber by security.

"Harper's agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation," Marcelle said in the release. "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."

The release says Marcelle was a page for a year, but realized that working within Parliament "wouldn't stop Harper's agenda."

"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."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/03/pol-senate-page.html  (full story)
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