Michael Moore may have set his sights on ousting George W. Bush in November, but it’s not the only election he’s weighed in on lately.
While in Toronto last month to promote “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Moore urged Canadians not to vote for Conservative leader Stephen Harper, warning of dire consequences if the Conservatives should come into power.
In the June 28 election, the Liberals won a minority government.
Now, a group of disgruntled Canadians is working to have Moore prosecuted for breaking an obscure Canadian law that prohibits foreigners who do not live in Canada from trying to sway voters.
Disgruntled Queen’s University student Kasra Nejatian did some digging and discovered the untried Section 331 of the Canada Elections Act. With the support of the Ontario Campus Conservatives, he has collected 2,000 signatures on an online petition and filed a complaint July 15 with Elections Canada, asking that Moore be prosecuted.
If convicted, the filmmaker faces a C$2,000 ($1,510) fine or six months in jail.
Although there has been no word from Elections Canada as to how it intends to handle the controversy, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley — a stout defender of Moore since making a brief but flattering appearance in Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” — has sent his own letter to Elections Canada.
“If it will assist in your review of this matter,” Bradley writes, “I am willing to declare Michael Moore a citizen of Sarnia, Ontario, therefore making him a de-facto Canadian.”
“While we do not have equality with the value of our dollar with the U.S.,” Bradley added, “we certainly have equality with the right wing and their stupidity.”