For those who haven’t seen anything on Brigette Marcelle, who’s real name is Brigette DePape, here are the CBC and CTV inerviews.
I also recommend you read these video’s comments. They say a lot about Brigette and those who share her warped political views. Here’s a few which I found extremely troubling.
SmilingWood – Power to this gal!
My fellow canadians are so apathietic and brain dead these days that they can’t be bothered to do anything about our lame assed government that’s filled with criminals, globalists and zionists. The people must wake up now and fight back. Or this girl’s generation will be living in a bankrupt country filled with private prisons that think of humans as a commodity for profit.
keep up the great effort, Brigette. :)
jehovahhasheard – Evan Solomon is a JEW
alg3r1a – how can you expect a civil disobedience from people who elected Harper … you have to face reality : canadians voted for Harper , they want to be slaves
420goossens – REVOLUTION IN CANADA! PLease we need to stop ths crook. HE had a surplus now were in a deficit. And while he didn’t raise taxes he will help bring about the North American Union. Man I hope my fellow Canadians can kick this guy out on his ass!!
To be fair, the vast majority of the comments are simply congratulations for Brigette’s protest, but then you find those like the one’s I posted above and you get an idea of those who share her political views. Much of what I’ve read on various blogs, including the fringe left Sister Sage’s Musings, reflects this kind of paranoid, conspiracy theory obsessed mindset. For example, one commenter, Eve, commented that Evan Solomon was an agent for the Conservative government. Does she believe this because, as jehovahhasheard thought it necessary to point out, Solomon is Jewish? Considering how anti-semitic these people usually are, it wouldn’t surprise me.
What else I find troubling about Brigette and her supporters is this idea of bringing the “Arab Spring” to Canada. As Matt Gurney of the National Post pointed out, those who want this do appear are so opposed to Harper’s Conservative government that anything else, including chaos and anarchy, would be preferable. What’s so perverse about all this is that you have these fringe left blogs like Orwell’s Bastard and Driving The Porcelain Bus pushing for “extra-parliamentary opposition” because the electoral system failed to bring about the result they wanted. They would have us believe that overthrowing a democratically elected government is the only course of action that a patriotic Canadian can take since the result of the recent Canadian election is somehow illegitimate. Here’s where we find irrelevant, if not dangerously misguided, moral grandstanding.
As we saw in CBC and CTV interviews, Brigette rationalized her pro-revolution position by pointing to supposedly low voter turnout. This is also the same argument made by Driving The Porcelain Bus, that the government is somehow illegitimate because not enough people voted and “drastic measures” must be taken to “put pressure on the Conservative government to not follow through with their plan of destruction.” Is this the same position these people have held since the 2000 Canadian federal election? Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien received slightly more of the popular vote than Stephan Harper did the last election (40.85% versus 39.62%), but with a lower voter turnout (61.2% versus 61.4%). In fact, considering that the last few elections, except for 2006 (64.7% voter turnout), have been relatively low, why haven’t these people spoken out about the supposed illegitimacy of previous governments? Without consistency to back up these claims, anyone pushing this irrelevant point is doing so to find some justification as to why the election turned out the way it did. What’s dangerous about this is that it provides a reason, not a good reason, but a reason nonetheless, to justify any course of action taken against this government. As silly as Brigette’s stunt was, considering that her warped political views weren’t a secret, how is it that she was cleared by a background check to work as a Senate page, let alone able to smuggle her protest sign into Senate chamber? Brigette might not be violent, but many of those who share her political views are.
Here we find this misguided belief that somehow these fringe radicals represent the majority of Canadians. Returning to the election results, despite the Conservative’s 39.62% of the popular vote, the NDP, the political party who’s platform most closely mirrors Brigette’s political views, received only 30.63% of the popular vote. Even adding the Green Party’s 3.91%, the party which shares Brigette’s radical views on the environment, you only get 33.91%, which is still much lower than the support given to the Conservatives. What about the Liberal Party and its 18.9% of the popular vote, doesn’t their votes count? Not really. While the Liberals have some political positions in common with the NDP and Greens, they are traditionally more like the Conservatives, especially on issues concerning the economy and support for the military. Instead of splitting the votes or even adding them to the Conservative total, I would prefer to leave them out of the equation for argument’s sake. The fact is that, despite claims that Stephan Harper and the Conservatives are some far-right fringe group that doesn’t represent a majority of Canadians, they did win a majority government because more Canadians support their political positions than those of the NDP. In fact, considering that the NDP won Quebec, along with 58 of their 103 seats because of a pro-separatist platform in the province, one has to wonder if Quebecers themselves even support their positions on the economy, the environment and the military.
The reality is that Canada isn’t a fringe left country. If the last election proved anything, it is that a majority of Canadians reject these political positions pushed by Brigette DePape. We saw a fundamental realignment of the political landscape, and the Liberal Party, once considered “Canada’s natural governing party,” has been pushed aside by a more conservative party that now appears to be Canada’s political powerhouse. It’s this fact that terrifies Brigette and her supporters. The unsustainable course charted by Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliot Trudeau for Canada is now being replaced by a Prime Minister who values financial stability over an ever expanding welfare state. There will be no more talk about radical environmentalist policies, nor will Canada abandon its military commitments to appease those who prefer a hand-off approach to the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” continues to bring about more death and destruction to the region.
All Brigette’s protest has done is demonstrate how detached her and her supporters are, not only from the Canadian public, but from reality. Pathetic…
UPDATE: I didn’t go into detail to discuss Brigette DePape’s lack of understanding of the “Arab Spring,” but the National Post’s Jesse Kline has a column up which I recommend my modest readership give a look.
UPDATE: Found this on the University of Ottawa’s website thanks to one of Brigette DePape’s supporters.
Brigette DePape, 2007 Loran scholar
Originally from Winnipeg, Brigette is a first-year international development and globalization student. Brigette has performed and written plays for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, was a member of her high school basketball team and president of its social justice committee. At uOttawa she is balancing studies in arts and theatre. Her mentor is Sharon Carstairs, Senator representing the Province of Manitoba.
President of the social justice committee? For those who don’t know, social justice is defined as “the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society.” Simply put, it’s coded language for wealth redistribution. Why didn’t anyone pick this up during a background check? If not that, how about her bizarre play, She Rules with Iron Sticks: An Exploration into the Curious World of Baton Twirling?
Seriously, did anyone even do a background check on this girl? Urgh…