Friday, January 20, 2006

Canada Election 2006: Michael Moore breaks Canadian law

It was bound to happen sooner or later - Michael Moore's ritual of Canadian electoral interference. Next time Moore comes to Canada, he should be charged with violating the Canada Elections Act s. 331:

331. No person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate unless the person is

(a) a Canadian citizen; or

(b) a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

2000, c. 9, s. 331; 2001, c. 27, s. 211.


Michael Moore publicly announced this statement today:

Oh, Canada -- you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right?

....

These are no ordinary times, and as you go to the polls on Monday, you do so while a man running the nation to the south of you is hoping you can lend him a hand by picking Stephen Harper because he's a man who shares his world view. Do you want to help George Bush by turning Canada into his latest conquest? Is that how you want millions of us down here to see you from now on? The next notch in the cowboy belt? C'mon, where's your Canadian pride? I mean, if you're going to reduce Canada to a cheap download of Bush & Co., then at least don't surrender so easily. Can't you wait until he threatens to bomb Regina? Make him work for it, for Pete's sake.

But seriously, I know you're not going to elect a guy who should really be running for governor of Utah. Whew! I knew it! You almost had me there. Very funny. Don't do that again. God, I love you, you crazy cold wonderful neighbors to my north. Don't ever change.

Michael Moore


Could it be any more clear that Moore is inducing people not to vote for Stephen Harper, a guy who should be running for governor of Utah, not the Prime Minister of Canada? As Moore is not a Canadian citizen, he is not entitled by Canadian law to influence this election. For all those free speech types out there, this is seen as a restriction of right. Sure, it may be. But it is the law. And for all those who respect the rule of law should have no problem condemning Moore. After all, the elections laws have so far held up in Court, with the Courts saying that the government has a right to restrict freedom of speech in an election (specifically, the restriction of publishing Atlantic results in the BC time zone before our polls close). As long as this ridiculous law is in place, people like Moore ought to be charged when they come up with Canada.

Otherwise, the law becomes a farce.



31 comments:

Anonymous said...

He did the same thing last time, except with the help of cbc:

http://www.cbcwatch.ca/?q=node/view/318

Andreus said...

Although the law seems designed to prohibit what Michael Moore has done, what kind of jurisdiction does Ottawa claim to have over people in other countries?

Canada expects that Canadians should follow foreign laws in foreign lands. Surely we don't expect foreigners to follow Canadian law in foreign lands....

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares what Michael Moore has to say. Anybody who's done a little research is well aware that his movies are filled with baseless lies and he's even been quoted as saying that he wasn't a documentary maker but an entertainer.

Jonathan said...

Agreed.

Jonathan said...

I hope I didn't give anyone the impression that I actually approved of the law...

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that with freedom of speech he has a right to air whatever opinion he likes. Now if he were to offer money for people to vote something other than conservative I think we would have a problem. Otherwise, you are giving him power by creating focus on his opinions.

MacLeod

Jeremy Maddock said...

Of course Moore has the right to say what he wants, but it won't be swaying my vote. Go Harper!

Anonymous said...

I feel it was pathetic of Michael to make any comments either way. Michael seems, through his previous endeavours, to be very big on pointing out finite details of governance. Why can't he follow the basic laws of our country. Does he feel above the law? Does he appear to feel "entitled" to say what he wishes and ignore the rules? Perhaps he is feeling more than Liberal with his "fear and smear" comments and is now Paul Martin's new best friend to replace Buzz Hargrove! Way to go Mike!

Ben said...

It seems to me that Consevatives are very sensitive to critisism. How sad for them and how do they expect to govern as governments are continually under public scruitny? I certainly recall certain journalist such as Paul Jackson and print media such as the Calgary Sun endorsing George Bush during the last American election. I wonder how our right to free speech will endure under a Conservative regime??

Ben Cyr Airdrie, Alberta

Felipiano said...

There's a bunch of americans on my message board that are trying to influence the canadians on my message board. They should all be locked up.

Anonymous said...

Actually, if anyone has really done their research, they would find that Moore's films are not full of baseless lies. If anyone is truly paying attention, they will notice that the media and the Right are constantly claiming that Moore lies when infact they are just attacking him because he goes against everything they stand for. Please, go through Fahrenheit 9/11 and tell me where Moore lied, please, just one lie. Good luck with your search.

And why does Canada have a problem with Moore? He has supported your country in his films and his writings many times.....
http://www.michaelmooreonline.net

Blair said...

The point of Moore's statements seem to be the same as Liberal attack ads: to paint Harper America red and put an elephant on his shoulder.

What offends me about Moore's comments is his apparently lack of originality. Just because Harper was once angry with Canadian complacency; just because he is more interested in a Rule of Law and minimal government politic; just because Harper is not obsessed with entitlements and left-wing ideology DOESN'T mean he is Bush's clone with a worse hair-do.

For the unimaginative Moore is a genius--for the rest of us he is a little annoying. Whether he broke a law in Canada, I think, is relatively unimportant.

Jonathan said...

I agree. The left has become SO unimaginative. The best the left seems to say - in America AND Canada - is the constant pandering to "protecting the woman's right to choose" and other "scary" radical ideological rhetoric.

No ideas. Just ideology.

Anonymous said...

This law is silly. If you don't want Americans complaining about our political system, then you should be fair and complain about our candidates using other countries for political gain! BTW, I'm just happy that we all stayed out of the US elections here in Canada...

Anonymous said...

Michael Moore is an IDIOT because he fudges the facts to his advantage (Canadians dont lock their doors? Bullshit!) BUT Steven Harper is a damn fool who unfortunately ran a better campaign by hiding his true nature and appearing cool.Paul Martin is the man, not weasel Harper, and it will be a SAD DAY in Candian history if that chump wins.C'MON CANADA, WAKE UP!!! The last 12 years have been GOOD!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello fellow Canadians. Those of us who actually research, read, and think critically about what we've taken in, know that the name 'Conservative Party' was stolen and is simply being used as a cloak to thinly disguise the Reform/Alliance parties. If you think Michael Moore should be charged, then maybe for consistency's sake Harper should be charged with misrepresenting his core beliefs. Too bad no attempt was made in our predominantly conservative owned and controlled media to shed light for the rest of Canadians on who Tom Flannigan, Harper's right-hand man, is. I only wish Moore or someone else with his media reach could have informed everyone before Monday!
Lets pray that Conservatives are not given any real power on the 23rd!

Anonymous said...

I am so saddened by the nonsense regarding the fact that Michael Moore cares enough to express an opinion, and all the stupid fuss this seems to cause the defensive conservatives. God - you people are such humourless idiots. Please do us all a favour and move to the US and with all your hate and intolerance where it will no doubt come to good use. Hell - go fight in Iraq, join the KKK, support the death penalty and carry a friggin gun. You don't belong in MY Canada.

C. Morrison said...

It is not a very good law in my opinion as it can be abused. This is a free society and unless Mr. Moore comes to Canada and appears at Liberal conventions supporting the Prime Minister he should be considered in that group of people making general statements. The law was not intended to deal with your U.S. cousins and grannies making political recommendations and despite Mr. Moore's notoriety his views about the Liberals doing some explaining are silly given that there will be no explaining if the Liberals are re-elected. I doubt Mr. Moore really has done much research on Stephan Harper or the Conservatives given his generalized comments. On the issue of the election Canadians are not hardline conservatives but should realize that to elect the Liberals after the corruption will only further motivate the Liberal party to continue with corruption. We need a party that will cause them to pause before letting it continue. It is unlikely in my opinion that hardliners in the Conservative party will get to impose their hardline views as Canadians will quite promptly put the party out of business and change the laws back in the next election. People who choose to seek public office like to be re-elected so I think the hardliners will be controlled. I think giving the Liberals a hard tap on the shoulder for their misconduct is every Canadians obligation in this election. If you cannot stomach this obligation for whatever reasons then vote for the NDP as Mr. Layton has suggested. It would be interesting at the very least to see the NDP as the official opposition. Rather than have a culture of privlege lets have a culture that serious punishes our government officials for misconduct. People in positions of power who abuse that power are in our courts deemed just as dirty as those who use hand guns. That is unless your in the current Liberal party. I have been a Liberal party supporter for a long time but theft on this scale I cannot support and nothing said in this election by the Liberals gives me any comfort.

Tylenol said...

What a crock! The law refers to foreign governments getting involved in our elections (which, by way of the US Embassador to Canada, has been breeched many times), not private citizens. Michael Moore's free to say anything he likes. I hope everyone reads it. The Harper-led Conservatives have an agenda no one's talking about, and every time someone DOES bring it up, it's referred to as a scare tactic. I always gave us much more credit than the polls are indicating. The media, particularly print, in this country have been cheerleading this election. Shame on them!

Anonymous said...

Nearly everybody on this site is, like Moore, offering their two cents on a Canadian election. Conservative or liberal, how many of you are American? Does anyone actually believe Canadians would really lock you up? Canada may have a law forbidding foreign interference in elections on our books (like most countries, including the U.S., there are plenty of antiquated, overly cautious rules on the books in Canada), but Canadian authorities wouldn't carry it out. To do such a thing would be an American-style response (can anyone count the number of Canadian pundits including Farley Mowatt and Paul William Roberts who have been barred from entering the U.S. merely because of their public opposition to U.S. foreign policy?).
As a Canadian, I would like to invite Michael Moore, Tucker Carlson (who loves to insult Canada) and the rest of you to shout away, and feel free to visit .. and shout away. Canada, unlike its neighbors, is and will remain a truly free, and friendly country ...

TiriPon said...

I am Canadian and I think that Michael Moore is a great person. He is just presenting his opinion about the worst candidate to elect prime minister, the same way a lot of Canadians did for G.W.B. I do agree with him. It is my opinion as a Canadian. I would not vote Liberal neither. Anyone has the slightest concern about environment?

Anonymous said...

To all of you who feel the law mentioned is rediculous or silly, please remember laws are put into being for a reasson. Until they are changed, regardless of your personal opinion, they are to be respected. Laws are not made to be bent and broken. If the need arises for them to be changed, they will be. In the mean time, quit your whining about it and be glad it is there to protect the people of our Country in making informed opinions without outside interference. I am by no means a Bush supporter however I do feel we need a change and you are right to say that if a good job is not done in the view of the majority, Governments then are replaced as will likely be the case today.

Anonymous said...

i love how people use "rhetoric" given to them by the media...this includes the word "rhetoric".

now dance!

Anonymous said...

The spirit of this law is to protect the rightful election of a government; not persuade individuals to weaken the government.

Having our government serve us up, or rather sell us out to a foreign power is not responsible to citizens.

Moore is doing the opposite, although illegal his comments are morally right.

Gary said...

when the law is an ass.......

Anonymous said...

M M HAS DONE IT AGAIN!PROMOTING DEBATE AND MAKING ONE THINK!LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM HE IS OUT THERE!!

Anonymous said...

Moore said: "God, I love you, you crazy cold wonderful neighbors to my north. Don't ever change."

You can't trust a man who embraces crazy, cold and wonderful neighbours in the same sentence. It's an insult to the crazy and cold. I share your outrage. He should have been more discriminating. I'd be miffed, too, if I were you.

Anonymous said...

It shouldn’t have taken Mr. Moore to tell us this, it should be obvious. We are known a country with a Social Conscious, so how can we elect this Harper-right wing nut job sitting on George Bush's lap.
It will be sad day for Canada if we end up electing our own Stephen “Dubya” Harper. Attack adds. or not this man Harper is stupid, as he will follow the American’s blindly.
If he had been in power we would have been burying our soldiers for carrying out duties/killings for Halliburton oil in Iraq. That single reason is enough to NOT vote for Harper.

Anonymous said...

That can't be a law. Surely you guys must be for the Marijuana Party. I mean, you think he DOESN't have freedom of speeck to make a joke about the insane idea of Canada voting Conservative.

Now folks, this would be the law.

He STOPPED YOU from voting. He didn't. It's called Comedy.

If he made a comment about not being foolish to vote Liberal back in--you'd be over him like a bad suit.

Your comments are so fearbased and logic lacking.

sheesh, I hope Harper doesn't get in. Last thing we need to become is the Junior Americans.

Do your homework guys. We don't need a Republican bedfellow in office, it's a hard enough job to serve Canadian interests.

Michael, are you reading this.

You ROCK, You political commenting, documenting entertainer, you.

Keep up the good work.

From one of your fans, who has lived in both countries for over 20 years.

YOU ROCK MM

Alberta Voter said...

As a constitutional monarchy our laws may seem absurd at times in comparison to a republic (i.e. the Gov can limit your freedom of information during a vote tally) and vice versa (i.e. every U.S. Citizen has a right to own a gun) But in the end one simple thing makes it all work

COMMON SENSE!

Given the population density of the east vs. the west releasing vote tallies early may influence western voters so the law should be used in this case, just as at one point the US and Canadian Colonies were at war
In the early 19th century personal defence was immediately justified.

Out side of this M M is just a jackass with too much time and tacos on his hands. Anyone, right mind or not will make up there own damn minds.(i still don't like Harper)

P.S. I Was Gunning For the Democrats.
Might want to send the Mounties after me Eh?

Alberta Voter

Anonymous said...

Sorry Jonathan:

As far back as the Pearson days, American political strategy experts were either hired, or offered their help, to Mike Pearson in order to defeat Diefenbaker back in the '60's because the US saw Dief as anti-American. They ran Mike's campaign in person, but of course well-concealed from the Canadian public.

Now that's interference, well beyond the, I suspect, the free speech issues that you are conjuring up with Michael Moore's comments.

Sorry but any such law would quickly succumb to 'fair comment' laws that protect our rights to free speech.

Bubba