Leave Brigette DePape alone

Jason Kenney called DePape a left-wing kook, but then again, Jason Kenney thinks all left-wingers are kooks so that’s not really a surprise either. Even Jack Layton, the man who is supposed to represent the “youth movement” said DePape's action was wrong, though he declined to elaborate (no word on whether his moustache shares the same view).

Friday, June 3rd was probably the most the exciting the throne speech has ever been. And it wasn’t because of the throne speech. Alas, a previously unknown citizen named Brigette DePape got the country (and Michael Moore) talking with her silent protest of the Harper Government. Not only was she fired on the spot, but politicians across party lines took to ridiculing and vilifying her. It is quite ironic that the only times politicians crossed party lines and agreed on an issue is when they were criticizing a young woman in taking part in of our most sacred traditions: freedom of speech.

Whether or not you agree with Brigette, she does get points for creativity. People can tell her (and have) that she was wrong to do what she did, but nobody can tell her that she is not within her rights to do it.

We may think it childish, but then again so is the criticism she got from the House of Commons, that was childish. The Speaker of the Senate, Noel Kinsella said she was in contempt of parliament. I guess this means she will be the next prime minister of Canada.

Jason Kenney called her a left-wing kook, but then again, Jason Kenney thinks all left-wingers are kooks so that’s not really a surprise either. Even Jack Layton, the man who is supposed to represent the “youth movement” said it was wrong, though he declined to elaborate (no word on whether his moustache shares the same view).

There is something a tad ironic in this whole saga. The twitter-verse has largely come out in support of DePape, both for her inventiveness and for her message. This last part is particularly interesting, considering Canada just gave Harper a majority government.

Are we that confused? Do we change our minds that often? We don’t like the government we just voted in, so we are going to rally around a 21 year-old playwriting, hippie performance artist. Well, that would certainly be a change from old white men in suits.

But I suspect that Brigette does not want to be the leader of the second largest country in the world. That would seem counter-productive to someone of her nature. Besides, working for Michael Moore might prove to be a far more interesting job than debating suits with IQs lower than hers.

Demeaning, criticizing, and insulting a former employee for such a harmless act is not the best way to get the country behind you; giving money to social programs and ratifying Kyoto is. Combating climate change is. Getting out of Afghanistan is. Lowering tuition costs is, especially if you want the youth vote. Leave the poor girl alone and get back to work.

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