Brigette Marcelle (or DePape, or something), the page who waltzed into the Senate with the "Stop Harper" sign, gave me little reason to actually support her actions today.
I oppose Harper. I oppose the Conservatives. I don't support their agenda, nor do I see a compelling reason to ever do so. I agree from time to time on matters of free trade and such, but overall, I'm not a fan.
Neither is Brigette Marcelle. Fair enough. But the problem I have with her is that, fact is, she herself offered no compelling reason for her own actions today. She was brave to do it, I agree there - but her interview with Evan Soloman on CBC's Power & Politics afterwards left me wondering why she risked her job for what will be little gain. All Ms. Marcelle could say was "two-thirds of Canadians didn't vote for Harper" - well, sure, but I don't see people freaking out over it. Harper won an election under our system's rules and people across Canada accept that fact. They don't want to see some page running about with a "Stop Harper" sign when the election was already over and done with.
So what were Brigette's other reasons for what she did?
Well, she didn't offer any.
That's the issue right there. Again, I applaud the initiative, though not the setting, but she was more a talking piece than someone I thought had an independent voice. There's the danger right there; protesting is one thing, but offering no reasons for protesting other than being a simple contrarian is not a compelling reason for people to support you. Your friends and rabid partisans will, but reasonable Canadians will not.