Climate activists hold sit-in at Harper’s constituency office
For the second time in Calgary, protesters settled their bottoms in apolitician’s office — only this time it was the constituency office ofPM Stephen Harper.
For the second time in Calgary, protesters settled their bottoms in a politician’s office — only this time it was the constituency office of PM Stephen Harper.
At one point nearly 20 people were huddled in the hallway and waiting area of Harper’s Glenmore Landing office.
Joel Woodhouse, who wanted to be referred to as “a Canadian citizen,” said the group was there to make a point.
“What’s going on in Copenhagen, a lot of Canadians aren’t satisfied with Stephen Harper and his action over there in representing Canada,” said Woodhouse.
The group presented a document that asked the prime minister to either sign on to aggressive climate change measures, or resign.
Woodhouse commented on recent climate change documents that suggest developed nations such as Canada should contribute two per cent of GDP for third-world or developing nations, saying he’d be glad to pay the price — which could be as high as $3,000 per family by some estimates.
“Nobody wants to give up what they’re making,” said Woodhouse.
“But, I would be happy to contribute that money. Especially living the kind of life we have the luxury of living in North America.”
The sit-in started around 9:30 a.m. and ended around 2:30 p.m. when the protesters decided to head home.
Some of the same protesters were also at a sit-in at MP Jim Prentice’s office on Nov. 23. Seven people were arrested in that protest.