Laureen Harper interrupted by protester at Internet cat video festival

wooden railway north of Shawnigan Lake, B.C., January 7, 2014. Laureen Harper was introducing the "Just for Cats" Internet video festival Thursday night when activist Hailey King shouted out from the crowd and demanded Ottawa take action on the aboriginal women issue.
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TORONTO - An activist heckled Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen about missing and murdered aboriginal women while she spoke at a Toronto film festival devoted to online cat videos.

Laureen Harper was introducing the "Just for Cats" Internet video festival Thursday night when activist Hailey King shouted out from the crowd and demanded Ottawa take action on the aboriginal women issue.

Harper initially continued her remarks before stopping and telling King that the night was solely about raising money for animals — earning applause from the crowd.

She then told King "that's a great cause but that's another night — tonight we're here for homeless cats."

Harper is a cat foster-mom and the feline-starring event was raising money for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

King says security forced her out of the theatre immediately after the interruption.


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