Canadian and American elections used to happen in different years, and at different times of year, on a fairly regular basis. Lately, however, our elections have been coinciding more and more often. Case in point: Canadians go to the polls this Tuesday, the day after our Thanksgiving, while Americans go to the polls three weeks later, a few weeks before their Thanksgiving.
So Michael Moore has decided to make a movie comparing elections in the two countries. But he’s not going to be a mere objective observer, oh no. Instead, he brought his camera crew to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario this week to film himself going door-to-door in support of a candidate there.
Reports Pete Vere:
Michael Moore, the controversial American film-maker, appeared at an all-candidates debate in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario this week, where he knocked on doors with the NDP candidate and mocked the local Conservative candidate.
I was at the debate because I live in the riding. As an undecided voter I felt the debate presented a wonderful opportunity to question local candidates.
Yet by the end of the debate my questions were for Mr. Moore: What had brought him to our little neck of the Northern Ontario wilderness, a camera crew in tow?
Moore was tight-lipped when I approached him.
He was working on a movie, in colour and under two hours long. Beyond that he does not comment on his films while they are in production, he said.
Moore’s camera crew proved similarly camera-shy when approached. Two refused to answer any questions, or to disclose their names. One simply shook his head while pointing to my camera.
“I don’t want to be interviewed,” he said, when asked the same question I had asked Moore.
The question was eventually answered by a Moore’s cameraman, who identified himself as John Walter. Moore was taping footage for his new movie comparing Canadian and U.S. elections. . . .