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Michael Moore Statement on Canadian Election
Friday, January 20th, 2006

Michael Moore is currently in production on his next movie. As an avid lover of all things Canadian, he has issued the following statement regarding Canada's upcoming election on Monday:

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

I know you have a great sense of humor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny. Maybe it's a new form of Canadian irony -- reverse irony! OK, now I get it. First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq -- and then you elect a prime minister who's for it. You declare gay people have equal rights -- and then you elect a man who says they don't. You give your native peoples their own autonomy and their own territory -- and then you vote for a man who wants to cut aid to these poorest of your citizens. Wow, that is intense! Only Canadians could pull off a hat trick of humor like that. My hat's off to you.

Far be it from me, as an American, to suggest what you should do. You already have too many Americans telling you what to do. Well, actually, you've got just one American who keeps telling you to roll over and fetch and sit. I hope you don't feel this appeal of mine is too intrusive but I just couldn't sit by, as your friend, and say nothing. Yes, I agree, the Liberals have some 'splainin' to do. And yes, one party in power for more than a decade gets a little... long. But you have a parliamentary system (I'll bet you didn't know that -- see, that's why you need Americans telling you things!). There are ways at the polls to have your voices heard other than throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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
(Mr. Moore is not available for interviews because he now needs to address the situation in Azerbaijan. But he could be talked into it for a couple of tickets to a Leaf's game.)

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Now, I concede that Michael Moore is a little over the top when it comes to getting his message out, he does do his homework. It's also nice to see that someone outside Canada is paying some attention to our political situation. It's voting day today, and I don't really think that we'll wind up with a Conservative majority here... the prospect of a Conservative minority is quite real, but I fear that all those things which were promised will never be delivered on in a minority situation. The corollary to this (for the non right-wingers) is that some of the scarier promises won't be delivered upon either.

I think the Canadian public will say, "yes, it's time for a change. But how come we only have three real choices?"

Posted bythemikestand at 8:19 AM  

3 stepped up to the mike:

Sassy said... 9:44 AM, January 23, 2006  

I'm sorry but I LOATHE Michael Moore. Of course that probably doesn't surprise you, me being a Conservative, native Texan and all. I wish somebody would kick his ass...

That being said, I know nothing of Canadian politics, so I unfortunately can't even comment on the situation at hand... :(

themikestand said... 9:59 AM, January 23, 2006  

Heh... well, I can't blame you much. He's something of a loudmouth, but like all crusaders, he's got to get his face out there in such a way as to be both recognized and noticed. I think people dislike him because they expect "documentary filmmakers" to be impartial, when they really aren't.

And yes, I already had a theory on your particular political leanings. Luckily there are enough people out there discrediting MM and his interpretation of the "facts" he throws about in his productions.

Now, are you cheering for the Steelers or for the Dolphins? The Bus, or Alexander? Since the Pats are out (sadly for our house, happily for yours), who's to cheer for (or against, in your case)?

Sassy said... 10:18 AM, January 23, 2006  

As for Seahawks vs. Steelers...wow. I REALLY don't care. I think it would be cool if the Steelers won, I guess...I respect Jerome Bettis, even though he ran all over my Eagles defense last year...

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