Nary a Supreme Court decision nor a woman desperately yelling her pleas in a committee room can stop this government from barreling through. Soldiering on. All of the clichés that come to mind seem to be violent in some way. Perhaps that’s worth noting and chewing on, given the circumstances.
“Put the argument into a concrete shape, into an image, some hard phrase, round and solid as a ball, which they can see and handle and carry home with them, and the cause is half won.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
No one had ever heard of a Senate page gone rogue before Brigette DePape unexpectedly stepped into the public eye. This young woman, then 21 years old and gainfully employed by the Senate of Canada, dared to interrupt the Governor General’s reading of the Speech from the Throne on June 3, 2011 by solemnly walking across the floor of the Senate chamber, in full uniform, completely silent, stopping to stand just behind the Supreme Court justices and before observers in the gallery, her white-gloved hands holding up a handmade red stop sign that read “Stop Harper!” in bold white painted letters. This lasted for just under a minute, until she was quietly escorted away by the Sergeant-at-Arms. The Governor kept reading and hardly flinched, but news of the young woman’s actions quickly rippled throughout the political sphere, regardless. According to a piece in the Winnipeg Free Press the following day, “within 20 minutes of her holding the sign in the Senate, she was one of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter in Canada and, within an hour, she had her own fan page on Facebook.”