Friday, June 3, 2011

A Page Engaged in a Little Civil Disobedience

I saw the news today about a Senate page holding up a sign saying Stop Harper during the Throne Speech and it warmed my heart.  You see, I used to be a Page (yes, I wore that uniform) at the Nova Scotia House of Assembly where we were mandated to be apolitical.  We were seen and not heard.  Especially so during the Throne Speech, the holiest of holy days at the House where we broke out the white gloves for the Lieutenant Governor's visit.  (In NS her name is Mayann Francis and she always looked somewhat like a wax statue).  I loved the job, but this girl has some guts.  She was immediately escorted out, fired and issued a statement shortly after.  She says, "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."  Awesome.

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