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Michael Moore's Next Film to Contrast U.S., Canada

Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 06:08 PM

By Tim Collie

On the eve of a potentially ground-shifting U.S. election, liberal filmmaker and gadfly Michael Moore is in Canada making a moving about that country’s political system.

That’s according to a blogger with the conservative website, Pajamas Media, who happened upon Moore and his crew filming a candidates' debate in a “riding” — what Americans call an electoral district — of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The blogger, Pete Vere, writes: “Moore and his camera crew came across as camera shy when I attempted to interview them on the record.” Moore is typically close-mouthed about his projects to give him the element of surprise with his intended subjects.

“Finally, Moore’s camera man, a tall, clean-shaven fellow with bushy brown hair who identified himself as John Walter, revealed the big secret: Moore was taping a new movie contrasting Canada’s political system with that of his home and native land,” Vere writes.

Moore then followed the liberal candidate and incumbent, Tony Martin, after the debate as he went knocking on doors. Martin is a member of Parliament for Canada’s socialist New Democratic Party. He is in a tight race with Conservative candidate Cameron Ross.

Moore interviewed all five candidates at the debate, often asking his trademark sarcastic questions. He asked all to speak in simple terms so that Americans would not get tripped up over Canadian election terms.

Among the candidates was Mike Taffarel, a Marxist-Leninist.

“Standing next to Marxist-Leninist candidate Mike Taffarel, Moore marveled how none of the other candidates felt threatened by Taffarel’s participation in the debate,” Vere writes. “Moore then asked the other candidates whether they felt like calling the Department of Homeland Security.”

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