Michael Moore has been defended by a Canadian Mayor MIKE BRADLEY after a right-wing activist began an online effort to have him charged under the ELECTIONS ACT for urging Canadians not to vote for the Conservatives.

KASRA NEJATIAN argued that the director's attempt to influence June's federal election (28JUN04) is illegal because he is a non-Canadian and made the comment during a campaign, so the Sarnia Mayor - who featured favourably in Moore's 2002 film BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE - has ordered JEAN-PIERRE KINGSLEY, Canada's chief election officer, to declare the Michigan native an official Canadian.

Bradley says, "I am willing to declare Michael Moore a citizen of Sarnia, Ontario, therefore making him a de facto Canadian. This will give him the right to whine, b*tch, moan, complain about taxation and vote for the government in power."

But Nejatian - whose petition is online at CHARGEMOORE.COM - has the support of ELECTIONS CANADA because SECTION 331 of the CANADA ELECTIONS ACT states "no person who does not reside in Canada shall, during an election period, in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate."

Nejatian - who ran unsuccessfully in 2000 for the CANADIAN ALLIANCE - says, "I know Michael Moore likes to joke around about things, but this isn't a joking matter. The guy broke the law. This goes to the heart of the democratic rights of Canadians.

"Can you imagine if George W Bush came here and said 'Don't vote for (Liberal leader) PAUL MARTIN'? It would be absolutely outrageous."

He said his website received 10,000 hits and 1,300 people have signed his anti-Moore petition, which Nejatian plans to send to RAYMOND LANDRY, the commissioner of Canada Elections, who handles such complaints.

15/07/2004 09:24