Laureen Harper interrupted by protester at Internet cat video festival

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife Laureen dismissed an activist’s concerns about missing and murdered aboriginal women, telling the student “that’s a great cause, perhaps another night.”


Lauren Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, arrives at the "Just for Cats" video gala at the TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema in Toronto.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s wife Laureen dismissed an activist’s concerns about missing and murdered aboriginal women, telling the student “that’s a great cause, perhaps another night.”

Harper was in the midst of a speech introducing the “Just for Cats” Internet video festival Thursday night in Toronto when she was interrupted.

“Raising awareness about cat welfare is a good look for your husband’s upcoming campaign strategy,” yelled out Hailey King.

“Don’t you think supporting government action on missing and murdered indigenous women in this country would be a better look?”

Harper, wearing cat ears, paused to address the 21-year-old King.

“We’re raising money for animals tonight. If you’d like to donate to animals, we’d love to take your money,” she said to lots of clapping, before suggesting dealing with the issue a different night: “tonight we’re here for homeless cats.”

Harper fosters stray cats and volunteers for the Humane Society in Ottawa.

King, whose previous activism includes work with, said she was then escorted out by security, despite paying for a ticket.

TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema, where the event was held, did not return requests for comment.

“We’re disappointed the individual chose to interrupt a charity event that had nothing to do with the cause she raised,” said a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Mrs. Harper’s response from last night (Thursday) stands for itself.”

King told the Star Friday that she wasn’t expecting to have a full conversation with Harper, but found the response shocking.

“It’s how she said it, ‘I’ll take your money, if you want to donate we’re here for cats,’ just completely dismissing something that feels ways more important,” King said.

The disruption wasn’t planned, King said, nor did she want to stage a full protest. She said she felt compelled to draw attention to the issue specifically with Harper after the Star obtained documents from the federal Conservatives and their plan to “leverage” Harper’s popularity as the prime minister’s wife ahead of the 2015 election.

“She was talking about the love of cats, which I felt was not so important,” said King, a cat lover and owner.

“There’ve been a number of vigils for aboriginal and indigenous women over the past few months and there just seems to be no government support, no action, no one even talking about it.”

King isn’t too concerned with those critiquing her interruption, saying she’s more focused on building momentum for government support of aboriginal issues.

In a release, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, said the event is on par with the response families of missing and murdered Indigenous women have received.

Last month the government rejected groups appealing for a national inquiry. A parliamentary report found that between 2004 and 2010 while aboriginal women make up only four per cent of Canada’s population, they make up at least eight per cent of its homicide victims.


Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

Laureen Harper spends too much time looking at the fat cats in and around Parliament hill while blindingly ignoring the incredible crime and terror inflicted upon Canadians in Ottawa by our worst criminals.

Ottawa has a criminal organization called the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa who employs the likes of lawyer Marguerite Isobel Lewis who personally fabricates evidence and is aided and abetted, if not actively encouraged by our equally Corrupt Judiciary of the Ontario Superior Court who not only "rubber stamp" any and all requests of the Criminals at the CAS but even make decisions without notice and or without any argument.

Laureen Harper needs to spare a thought for all the parents who attend Ottawa Hospitals to have their children snatched at birth after a phone call from the Hospital snoop, a social worker dressed like a nurse who makes calls to the CAS at the slightest excuse to cause babies to be apprehended at birth.

Laureen Harper needs to spare a thought for the actions of Corrupt OTTAWA POLICE officers like Detective Peter Van Der Zander who personally fabricates evidence to NOT charge the most violent of female abusers while he incarcerates without charges male victims of Domestic Violence.

If Laureen Harper needs to vomit, she should meet Child Protection Worker's Phillip Hiltz-Laforge and or Claudette Knuckle-Dougan who personally fabricate evidence to protect violent mothers. This sort of child protection is "supervised" by the likes of Robert Godman who engages in his own terror and intimidation of male victims of domestic violence.  

In Ottawa lawyers do not call the CAS the Children's Aid Society. They have another name, they call them "The Gestapo".


Hailey King is to be commended for raising the issue of
missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

There is also the November 12, 1970 Timmins Cold Murder Case of then 27 year old Suzanne Harwood, Mrs. Joesph Harwood who was found dead with an electrical typewriter cable around her neck at the legal aid office in Timmins where she worked as a secretary.

Her husband was then Constable Joe Harwood of the Timmins Police who later became the Chief of the Timmins Police.

Timmins rivals Ottawa for Canada's most corrupt police forces with around 4 officers this year accused of fabricating evidence. This is the town where the Timmins Police ran their own private prostitution ring that came undone when they tried to recruit a teenager but her daddy just happened to be one of the wrong people for the Timmins Police to tangle with. They sacrificed the junior officers while the ring leaders eventually all went into retirement without any charges. checkout the wanted page