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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Moore of the same

Michael Moore is entitled to his express his dislike of the labour-conflicted CBC's decision to air Bowling for Columbine this weekend. But he really should shut up about the fundamentals of contract bargaining, of which he apparently knows very little.

The evidence: His statement, "CBC has locked out its union workers, an action that is abhorrent to all who believe in the rights of people to collectively bargain."

Actually, the right of an employer to lock out its employees is central to the whole union-management dance, in much the same way a union's right to strike is. (The issues get stickier when dealing with essential services, but the CBC certainly doesn't qualify for that designation.) Imagine how ludicrous it would be for someone to say that a union's decision to go on strike is abhorrent to all who believe in the rights of people to collectively bargain--that's the flip side of Moore's utterance.

Or, perhaps Moore believes that collective bargaining should involve only one side, unions, and that management should be only the mute recipient of union demands.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on September 17, 2005 in Television | Permalink


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"CBC has locked out its union workers, an action that is abhorrent to all who believe in the rights of people to collectively bargain. Why the great and honourable CBC is behaving like an American corporation is beyond me."

Pffffft! That is funny, but the CBC people would love it.

It is my understanding that strikes depend on the support of the community. If so, that does not exist in this case. Quite the opposite in fact, as the CBC is the tool of the privileged elite.

Martin's reaction - or rather non-reaction - to the CBC strike is amazing. If the CBC was as valuable as it and the Liberal Party says it was, then this should have ended quickly. But he's done virtually nothing. What can I say: keep it up, starve them out.

My solution remains the same: disband, dismember and destroy the CBC on the first day. No negotiations, no mercy, and no regrets. This thing has to come down.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-09-17 1:56:06 PM

Ahhhh this is a good sign....the endorsement of the Maloderous Michigan Manatee of Mendacity is the kiss of death to any credibility the CBC quislings thought they had as providing a "public" service. If Moore endorses CBC content then we have proof it is duplicitous and intellectually toxic.

Posted by: WLMackenzie redux | 2005-09-17 2:05:57 PM

Moore can follow the 'selfless' lead of other American celebrity pontificators and donate to this purportedly worthy cause- deadwood tenure by way of dumb collective agreements. Then again the cachet of CBC strikers is limited in the States so Michael will probably keep his meal money in his fanny pack.

Posted by: Barry Stagg | 2005-09-17 3:22:45 PM


British MP George Galloway was in Mississucka today. He said that Canada was complicit in the "illegal War on Terrorism". This guy makes Moore almost palatable.

Since Galloway is divorcing his current wife, so maybe he and Carolyn could...oh, Parrish the thought!

Posted by: Scott | 2005-09-17 4:10:34 PM

Isn't George Galloway the guy that The Scotsman newspaper exposed in the oil-for-food scam? 'Georgous George" set up a millions of dollar fund for an Arab girl in GB with a bad disease and kept the appropriated barrals of oil from Sadam for himself! I would have thought he would be in the jailhouse now, not flopping around parading as a Liberano birdie, -fluff and oil scum -he has tar in his feathers.

Posted by: jema54 | 2005-09-17 4:42:56 PM


Galloway's speech sounds like Parrish recycled one of her own for him. He even mentioned General Hillier's comments that Parrish denounced as "testoserone filled".

I wonder how much the Islamic Council of North America, the Muslim Association of Canada, and Al Qaeda paid for his services. It sounds like they got their money's worth.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-09-17 6:04:34 PM

I thought the Islamic Council of North America and the Muslim Association of Canada represented mainstream, moderate Muslims. Hmm.


Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-09-17 8:20:23 PM

I've looked and looked for the part of Moore's press release where he says he's donating the fat royalty the CBC paid him to air his mockumentary to the poor locked-out CBC workers. Still looking. Still looking.

Posted by: Great Walls of Fire | 2005-09-19 10:50:40 AM

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