Former rogue page Brigette DePape optimistic about new Liberal government

Four years after a young page snuck a sign into a throne speech urging the public to "Stop Harper," she has gotten her wish for a change in government.
Brigette DePape, who made headlines in 2011 when she snuck a 'Stop Harper' sign into a throne speech, says she is feeling optimistic about the new government in Ottawa. (CBC)

Four years after a young page snuck a sign into a throne speech urging the public to "Stop Harper," she has gotten her wish for a change in government.

The stunt back then got Brigette DePape fired from her job as a page. But today she is feeling optimistic about the new Liberal government in Ottawa and the things it may be able to achieve in the coming years of its majority mandate.

"I do feel the mood is quite different [in Ottawa]," she told CBC Radio's Windsor Morning in an interview Friday.

The moment that Brigette DePape became a well-known name to the Canadian public. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

DePape, who is now a regional organizer with the Council of Canadians, said that she likes some of the stated intentions of the new government.

"At the Council of Canadians, we're looking to have a respectful relationship with the government," she said. "It's been really encouraging to hear some of the priorities, including an end to the fighter jets in Iraq and Syria, hearing that they are going to be coming out against the Enbridge pipeline and they have approved an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women."

But that doesn't mean that she and other activists won't be paying close attention to what they do.

"We definitely want to make sure that those promises are kept," she said.

DePape said the country wouldn't be heading out on a new path without the public ensuring that was the case, by showing up to the polls and voting.

"I am so relieved and I am so grateful to all the people who went out and voted to see a change in government," she said.


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