Harper protested in Victoria

Protesters were on hand to greet Stephen Harper in Victoria yesterday:

Pick your cause — democracy, seal slaughter, oilsands, safe-injection site, saving Jordan River or medical cannabis.

All were represented yesterday at a diverse demonstration at the legislature, where about 300 protesters chanted and waved placards, hoping to briefly catch the eye of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Good for those who showed up, but here’s what I don’t like about protests in general — there are so many disparate causes represented that it dilutes the main issue, which in this case was the prorogation of parliament:

The protest was spearheaded by the Victoria chapter of Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament with the aim of showing Harper that Canadians are angry about his decision to suspend democracy, said organizer Melissa Farrance.

So why have people protesting about the seal hunt, oil sands etc.?  More bodies only make an event look better when they’re sending a coherent message — otherwise, it tends to make the whole thing look a little disorganized and flaky.   (Or maybe I’m just in a Mood!)

6 Responses to “Harper protested in Victoria”


  1. 1 Cornelius T.Zen Friday, February 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    JJ — here’s the thing: if the protestors appear to be disorganized and flaky, you figure then that nobody will take them seriously. Umm…that’s why they’re protesting, right? OTOH, if they appear organized and professional, you kinda gotta be suspicious that, just maybe, some kind of slick political agenda just might kinda be behind all that noise.
    So, it’s screwed if you do and reamed if you don’t.
    Where’s a decent cream pie when you need one? – CTZen

  2. 2 polyorchnid octopunch Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Actually, the thing I found interesting about that is that I watched the National that day, and while they did a story about Harper’s address, they said not one word about the protest.

    Not one.

  3. 3 JJ Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    CTZen – I’m not saying protesting is a bad thing — it’s always good when people make a public stand against some issue or other. I’m just saying that it *looks* better and is probably more effective when they’re all on message.

    Although I think it’s worthwhile to protest something like prorogation, if there are a lot of people at a prorogation protest flogging their own non-related pet causes, I might not want to be associated with them — ie. seal hunt protesters, who are mostly flakes IMO.

  4. 4 JJ Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

    polyorchnid – Well, there you go. I wonder if they would have gotten more media attention if they’d had a single coherent message.

  5. 5 croghan27 Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    JJ – while I think that most of the teabaggers in the US are (as you so charmingly put it) bat shit crazy, those that are not motivated by the truly batshit crazy (as in Republicans) are expressing a genuine anger. It is confused and omni directed, but real for all that.

    The more protesters show(to anyone but the batshit crazy backroom boyz of Harperdom) that there is major unhappiness out there. Elected officials or those hoping to become elected officials would do well not to ignore this walk down the valley of the shadow.

    That all these protesters can find common cause should tell someone that there is something systemic afoot here. Looking out on what should be this Feast of Steven and seeing major opprobrium amongst the voting masses, for a plethora of reasons, indicates our ship of state is sailing off in directions Canadians are no end of unhappy about.

  6. 6 JJ Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 10:06 am

    croghan – I understand there’s a lot of discontent with prorogation and other issues — what I don’t get is why turn a legitimate prorogation protest into a mishmash of umpteen different issues that have nothing to do with each other. I can’t speak for the rest of Canada, but when I see something like that the first word that comes to mind is FLAKES. And I’m sympathetic to the anti-prorogation cause.

    Maybe I’m in an anti-protest state of mind… the anti-Olympics protesters really turn me OFF.


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