Maclean’s Magazine recently conducted an interview with Brigette DePape, the former Senate page who held up a “Stop Harper” sign during the Throne Speech. It seems that this act of civil disobedience has granted her immense benefits: she says that it has given her a “chance to meet with other people,” including with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In another interview with the CBC, she said she received job offers from Michael Moore (who featured her on his webpage), the Council of Canadians, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and an unnamed journalistic organization.
It is guaranteed that, without this act of protest, she would not have become such a coveted media interest. But at what cost did this come to Canada and its political institutions? Working as a page requires one to remain neutral in the course of the job and to serve Parliament; one must overcome partisan preferences and serve the country faithfully. Ms. DePape did not do this; she brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute. And for this, she has been rewarded with media attention and job offers.