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New documentary exposes why Canadian politicians act like trained seals

New documentary exposes why Canadian politicians act like trained seals

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Published by Sean Holman
Award-winning journalist Sean Holman brings his investigation into the secret world of political party discipline to Ontario.
Award-winning journalist Sean Holman brings his investigation into the secret world of political party discipline to Ontario.

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Published by: Sean Holman on Jun 17, 2013
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NewsReleaseJune18,2013ForImmediateRelease
Newdocumentarybyaward-winningjournalistSeanHolmanexposeswhyCanadianpoliticiansactlike“trainedseals”
Award-winningjournalistSeanHolman’sdocumentaryexposingthesecretworldofpartydisciplineiscomingtoOntario–justastheConservativebackbenchisfeelingthestingoftheprimeminister’swhip.AlittleovertwoweeksafterToryMPBrentRathgerberresignedfromhiscaucustositasanindependent,
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willpremierinOttawaonThursday,June20,withadditionalscreeningsinToronto,Kitchener-WaterlooandThunderBay.ThedocumentaryrevealswhyCanada’sMPs,MLAsandMPPssorarelyvoteagainsttheirownparty–evenifthosepoliticiansdisagreewithwhattheirpartyispushing.Incandidinterviews,pastandpresentpoliticiansprovidespecificexamplesofthebackroomsystemthatforcedthemtotoethepartyline.Thatdisciplinehappenseventhough71percentofCanadianswanttolimitthepowerpartyleadershaveoverpoliticiansintheirparty,accordingtorecentsurveycommissionedbyYourCanada,YourConstitution.Former
GlobeandMail 
columnistTomHawthornsaysviewerswillbe“shockedatwhattakesplacebehindcloseddoorsin
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.Guaranteedthebestmovieonparliamentaryprocedureyou’lleversee.”FormerCTVQuebecCitybureauchiefKaiNagatadescribeswatchingthefilmasbeinglike“discoveringaRosettaStone.Thisfilmdecodesthedysfunctionweallsenseattheheartofourparliamentarysystem.”Thedocumentary’sOntarioscreeningsarebeingproudlysponsoredbyYourCanada,YourConstitution.Seetheschedulebelowforscreeningtimesandlocations,aswellasindividualco-sponsors.
Forfurtherinformationseewww.partydiscipline.ca.Toarrangeaninterviewcontact:
SeanHolman(AssistantProfessorofJournalism–MountRoyalUniversity)sean.michael.holman@gmail.com(403)440-6334or(403)242-8258orcell:(403)462-6119DuffConacher(Coordinator–YourCanada,YourConstitution)info@ycyc-vcvc.ca(647)824-5959
 
OttawaPremiere(Thursday,June20,7:00pm)
UnderOneRoof,251BankStreet.2ndFloor(RainbowRoom)Followedbyapaneldiscussionfeaturing:SeanHolman,Directorof
Whipped:thesecretworldofpartydiscipline
TylerSommers,CoordinatorofDemocracyWatchBruceHyer,IndependentMP(ThunderBay-SuperiorNorthriding)SheilaGervais,FormernationaldirectoroftheLiberalPartyofCanadaSponsoredby:YourCanada,YourConstitution/VotreCanada,VotreConstitutionDemocracyWatch
TorontoPremiere(Saturday,June22,7:00pm)
UniversityofToronto,InnisTownHall,2SussexAvenueFollowedbyapaneldiscussionfeaturing:SeanHolman,Directorof
Whipped:thesecretworldofpartydiscipline
DuffConacher,CoordinatorofYourCanada,YourConstitution(YCYC)JaneHilderman,ResearchManager,SamaraFoundationSponsoredby:YourCanada,YourConstitution/VotreCanada,VotreConstitution
Kitchener-WaterlooPremiere(Monday,June24,7:00pm)
WilfridLaurierUniversity,BrickerAcademicBldg.,Room210,28BrickerAvenueFollowedbyapaneldiscussionfeaturing:SeanHolman,Directorof
Whipped:thesecretworldofpartydiscipline
LarryAberle,Kitchener-WaterlooNDPridingassociationpresidentKarenRedman,formerLiberalPartyofCanadaMPandpartywhipSponsoredby:YourCanada,YourConstitution/VotreCanada,VotreConstitutionFairVoteCanada(Kitchener-WaterlooChapter)Kitchener-WaterlooLiberalridingassociationKitchener-WaterlooNDPridingassociationKitchener-WaterlooGreenPartyridingassociation

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