Ottawa ON – I got an urgent email this afternoon telling me to get myself to Ottawa to cover the first Anti-Harper rally. Now it’s Friday and well..it’s Friday, but I hopped into my non air conditioned car and zoomed down. Being a masochist I listened to CFRA ( AM 580) the right wing all news and infomercial station and sure enough as expected there was no mention of this rally that was spread quickly via the internet.
It was a lovely little park off of Somerset, and as I was strolling in I bumped into Brigette DePape, the Rogue Page, part Joan of Arc, part Gandhi; the media darling that has achieved world wide attention for simply standing bravely and displaying a stop sign. My buddy all but begged me to go feeling that it’d be like the G20 with a few twisted clips making mainstream media. Ms Depape was personable and pleasant to talk with although hurried. She was very composed as the crowd filled the park and as you’ll see from our video quite composed and articulate.
It’s caught the imagination of a lot of people, and today she was a speaker at the rally. This was not a silent protest on the part of Ms DePape. We’ll have some HD video shortly as it takes time to edit. Ms DePape clearly is showing her politics as the rally besides being Anti-Harper was mostly pro-Union; not that that’s a bad thing, but there were some extreme messages, but that’s part of what happens when you wake up sleeping younguns.
They start asking questions and not about if you just bought Lady Gaga’s latest.
Ms DePape restated she wants an Arab Spring. I’m not a Stephen Harper fan, but I find that his majority government is as much about voters failing as much as his government winning. It makes me wonder why Ms DePape waited until AFTER the election to make her stand rather than before?
I do know one thing; that politics in Canada have changed during this election. Information in this country is starting to flow and people are starting to talk. Maybe it’s time for all politicians to start listening and be held accountable for the horrible way some of them treat Canada and Canadians?
We’ll be updating this story shortly and we’re hoping for some one on one time with Brigette shortly too.
If you could ask her any one question post your comments below.