I was thinking further on Ms. DePape's stunt today (and yes, her real name is Brigette DePape, Marcelle is her middle name), and I've come to a conclusion.
She may be the single most reason for someone to get into a political career. Not because of the fact that she is anti-Harper and is one of the few people out there willing to pull off such a stunt - but because of the stunt she decided to pull, and then her inability to articulate a real reason why she did it.
It is because of people like this that, above all, people should be involved in politics. Why? Because we need people, people with reasonable minds and real reasons to oppose or support the direction of the country, to be in charge. We need people that will go to Ottawa, or Queen's Park or the National Assembly or the Government House and so on, and say clear justifications for their actions, their beliefs, and their ideals. We do not need Brigette DePapes, who pull little stunts that alienate more than they bring it. We need people like Mark Holland, or Michael Chong, or Stephane Dion, or Preston Manning or Tommy Douglas, even Gilles Duceppe, people who have a certain level of integrity to say clearly why this is wrong, this is good, and why we should support their position.
Brigette DePape is not one of these people. She pulled a stunt, and failed to justify it. That irks me. It helps drive the idea that Canadian politics is simply theatrics over substance. That's not right, that's not the message we need to send. It's one of the reasons I will one day run for office. Hopefully, Brigette DePape will let others reach the same conclusion as well.