Sandra Jansen stood on the floor of the Legislature and read out some of the vile, anonymous online comments that were made against her after she crossed from the PC’s to the NDP.
Among those who heard Jansen speak were a trio of Archbishop MacDonald High School students who are interested in pursuing a career in politics. They sat down for round-table discussion about the online treatment of Jansen with Global News.
Olivia Ostapowicz said anonymity gives voice to cowards.
“If you’re not brave enough to say your opinions as your actual self, as your actual identity, and you’re just saying it anonymously, really, what kind of person at the end of the day are you? What kind of person are you emulating for the rest of the world?”
Ostapowicz adds that Jansen is brave for her decision, publicly portraying her beliefs and positions while the nameless faceless online trolls hide in the darkness. She hopes that Jansen is not fazed by these comments.
Navneet Chand sees this as a way to talk about possible solutions.
“I do feel that this has fueled those passions to show that there are actions that can be taken. Let’s go forward with them.”
Grade 12 student Eunice Gatama channels Maya Angelou saying you can always forget the words people say, but you’ll never forget how they made you feel.
“They’re not targeting her because she’s a bad leader or because her policies they don’t agree with, they’re targeting her because of her sex, and that made me feel really disappointed.”
Gatama said high school is a bubble for her now, but she hopes that things in the world change for the better so that when she enters the job market employers will consider her for her skill and training and not just by her gender.