Cornwall ON – Brigette DePape (Bridgette Marcelle) entered our Canadian history books by a simple act of defiance. It was gorgeous. A simple sign with two words on it. She sacrificed a great job to own that moment of our shared history and gained a National and in many cases International platform to share her views.
It doesn’t really matter what her views are; whether we agree with them or not or if they are viable or not, but it gives me hope.
You see in the near three years I’ve been working this online rag I’ve become jaded by the lack of caring I see by people when it comes to politics in this country whether at the municipal, provincial, or National level. People just don’t seem to care and the younger you slide the scale the lower the voter turnout.
It’s sad and frightening as this is our future and if we don’t participate we lose that choice to people who many times we wouldn’t agree with. If ten percent of the those that complain about society’s ills voted more often our country would be a different place.
So today you can see Facebook filling up with Bridgette Depape pages. This young woman changed something. Not sure if it will mean anything in the big picture, but what a wonderfully hopeful day for our Democracy here in Canada.
Can you imagine what would happen to this young women in some countries aren’t Democratic? Or the countries that she’d never have a chance to be a page in?
“This country needs a Canadian version of an Arab Spring,” she wrote, “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.”
And that’s how Democracy works. You need to make change happen.
“Would it be better if people did not protest at all?” she wrote. “What if we all stayed in our comfortable homes, transfixed to our big screen TVs, ignoring the reality around us?”
“Not only is protesting important, it is our fundamental right,”
I tell people pick an issue that’s something they are passionate about and get involved. This is how change and the betterment of Canada can occur. From one simple peaceful act; create discussion, and then maybe, just maybe, enough people will listen and change can happen.
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Winnipeg gets a NHL team and this Manitoba hit the headlines in the same week…. What’s going on in the Prairies? This country needs more Brigitte DePape’s.
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