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On-line journal provokes a firestorm [Liberal Sponsorship Scandal in Canada]
The Globe and Mail ^ | 4/5/05 | JANE TABER

Posted on 04/05/2005 9:00:25 AM PDT by doc30

On-line journal provokes a firestorm


OTTAWA -- An unassuming 42-year-old call-centre manager and Star Trek fan from Minneapolis, Minn., has provoked a political firestorm in Canada.

Ed Morrissey -- Captain Ed to his friends -- published on the weekend what no Canadian is allowed to print or broadcast. On his Internet blog, he posted testimony before the Gomery commission that is subject to a publication ban.

Yesterday, after the story of his blogging exploits broke in the Canadian media, Mr. Morrissey saw the traffic on his website increase tenfold as Canadians clicked on to read the testimony from Quebec ad executive Jean Brault.

By midday, 131,000 people had visited the site. In just one hour before lunchtime, he had 26,000 hits and by the end of the day he estimated he was on track for about 300,000 hits, many from Canadians. He averages 22,000 visits a day.


"There's a lot of people coming to me through Google Canada," Mr. Morrissey said.

"Just taking a quick look here at the last 100 people who were on the site, which at this rate was in the last 10 seconds, there's a lot of Canadian servers on there."

As an American, Mr. Morrissey is not subject to the ban, and his publication of the details of the testimony has made the story accessible to all Canadians.

And he says he didn't go looking for the story. It found his right-wing blog, and he was happy to publish it. Mr. Morrissey, who describes himself as a libertarian, believes strongly in freedom of the press.

"Somebody contacted me through somebody I knew. I read a little bit more about it and then when I got the information I was able to fit it together and write the post."

He wouldn't say who his contact "may or may not be" but it is his understanding that there is someone in the Montreal room where the hearings are taking place who is giving the information to his contact, who is then passing it along to Mr. Morrissey.

Mr. Morrissey is not paying his contact for the information.

His contact could be anyone as the commission hearings are open to the public. Indeed, the Brault testimony is an open secret in political Ottawa. Ask any political staffer or MP and they seem to know some, if not all, of the details of the testimony. The television feed from the commission can be picked up in some Ottawa newsrooms, and other information is being passed through e-mails, transcripts and phone calls.

Political leaders are being kept abreast of the story, with the exception of Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe who asked his staff not to tell him anything for fear he will divulge information and run afoul of the ban.

Last week, the NDP dispatched their man, Pierre Ducasse, to the hearings when the publication ban was imposed. He reports the testimony back to the senior staff. Party leader Jack Layton, however, is briefed only on the "gist" of the information, his spokesman, Karl Bélanger, says. Again, it is to ensure that he doesn't let details slip.

Mr. Morrissey is a California native who has lived in Minnesota for nearly eight years. He started the blog 18 months ago when he found himself close to home after his wife, Marsha, suffered from a serious kidney ailment.

The Captain Ed nickname comes as a result of a gift from an old girlfriend. Twenty years ago, Mr. Morrissey was a huge Star Trek fan. So his girlfriend bought him a personalized licence plate that said "Captain Ed."

Living just a few hours from the Canadian border, Mr. Morrissey says he follows Canadian politics but has always been hesitant to write about Canada.

"I know Canadians are sensitive about Americans being arrogant about their politics. So I don't write a lot about Canadian politics."

But he is continuing to follow and post articles about the inquiry.

"It's an interesting story. It's a fascinating story," he said. "The one thing that was concerning was that the Liberal Party could call a snap election before this came out."

TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adscam; ban; blog; blogging; canada; election; gromery; liberal; mediablackout; scandal; sponsorship
So the scandal-ridden, ruling Liberal government issues a media publication ban on hearings that are open to the public. And a blogger in the U.S. gets the details of the testimony and posts them and there is not a thing the Canadian government can do about it.

Here's a link to the blog home page for those interested:

1 posted on 04/05/2005 9:00:30 AM PDT by doc30
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To: doc30

Well, at least Americans still have freedom of speech. As bad as Canada has gotten, at least we still have a sane nation to the south of us.

2 posted on 04/05/2005 9:03:20 AM PDT by Ashamed Canadian
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To: doc30

They weren't allowed to provide that information. But they did put in the name Captain Ed, the word Gomery, and the information that his blog could be found via google. If you type in those words his blog does show up as the top several links.

3 posted on 04/05/2005 9:03:41 AM PDT by Piranha
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To: doc30

A brave man faces down the socialist totalitarian criminals. We love you captain Ed.

4 posted on 04/05/2005 9:13:39 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: doc30

Al Goron's invention the internet, is the beginning of the end of socialism's control of what is really happening.

5 posted on 04/05/2005 9:23:23 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: doc30
Allow me, please..."Captain's Quarters"
6 posted on 04/05/2005 9:59:19 AM PDT by ken5050 (The Dem party is as dead as the NHL)
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To: ken5050


7 posted on 04/05/2005 10:52:28 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: doc30; All
What I have so far:

 UPDATE: Liberal Meltdown in Canada (absolutley devastating information)
 Gomery Considering Charging Bloggers It has been suggested to me by what is admittedly second-hand information, that Justice John Gomery will consider charging any Canadian blogger who not only provides a link to a site containing banned material, but any Canadian blogger who “names the site containing the banned material.”
 Website owner could be charged with contempt of court. [ 1, 2 ]
 I dont think Canadians will accept this.
This is absolutley devastating information.
 Gomerygate [ 1, 2 ]
Blogosphere 1, Liberals 0 -- It is the borderlessness of the Internet that has made possible the release of the truth about the Liberals to the Canadian public. Yet we are still in a phase of change where the Liberals are able to harass and intimidate some Canadian blogs, such as NealeNews, into silence. At this point, it was the Americans who came to Canadians’ aid, by posting the information denied to Canadians on a number of American websites.
 Brault may have fingered Alfonso Gagliano’s links to mob
Beat to Quarters (FR mentioned)
-- Captain's Quarters has really stirred up the Canadian blogosphere by carrying details of court testimony on a governmental scandal that is banned from publication in the Great White North. The scandal is about the use of Canadian government money, laundered through a private ad agency, to hire Liberal Party hacks, and is so serious it may catapault the Canadian conservatives into power. This incident marks one more step by the blogosphere into the realm of news generation as opposed to mere commentary.
 Here's all the dirty laundry we couldn't hear ....and it confirms what mnay of us here had suspected about the Liberal funding rackets in Quebec.
 I would highly recommend that ALL Canadians read Captain's Quarters and Instapundit today!!! They have some interesting blog entries!!
Canada: Blogger busts Adscam ban, officials thinking of charging Canadian blogger. -- For those who don't know, the American blog which busted the Canadian wankers is:
Just keep scrolling for multiple entries.  Actually, here's the post which reveals the testimony, the reporting of which is a crime in Canada:
 According to 'authorities' linking to the post is a crime in Canada.

8 posted on 04/05/2005 11:38:19 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe


And on a "barf alert" note, read this comment I found on :

"If you want to jump in a sinking boat it's your problem. I prefer the liberals with their chemes and gimmicks a hundred time before crazy people like the BUsh Administration. If we were to rejuvenate our relationship with the failing ameriacns it will discredit us even more on the public opinion. I'm working in france and germany and they hate the americans for their actions and thinking, would you join a facist gouvernement who said that it know's good from evil by enlightment from god... If you love them so bad just go overthere to live and give a break! Tabarnak!" case anyone is wondering how the LIE-berals keep getting elected O_o

9 posted on 04/05/2005 12:25:16 PM PDT by swissarmyknife
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To: doc30
Here is the best link I've found to get up to speed on the scandal:

It seems like this could be just what the Conservatives need to get back on their feet again in Canada. Plus, it also looks the Quebec separatists will come out of this with more political power. Maybe Canada's time to take out the garbage has finally come.
10 posted on 04/05/2005 12:49:43 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Allan


11 posted on 04/05/2005 2:42:23 PM PDT by Allan
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To: backhoe; styky; albertabound; furquhart; Pikamax; headsonpikes; Mitchell; Shermy; ARridgerunner
The latest from Captain's Quarters :

(Loading very slowly today. I wonder why?!)

April 05, 2005

Canada's AG To Take On Bloggers

In an odd display of twisted priorities, Canada's Attorney General may start investigating the Canadian blogosphere to find bloggers who have linked back to CQ and broken the publication ban:

CANADA'S attorney general is probing possible breaches of a publication ban set up to protect explosive testimony at the AdScam inquiry. Justice spokesman Patrick Charette said federal lawyers are looking into the Internet sites reproducing excerpts of Montreal ad exec Jean Brault's testimony and providing a link to a U.S. blog featuring more extensive coverage of the hearing.

"We have to decide what the best course of action is," Charette said, adding federal lawyers could charge Canadian bloggers and website owners with contempt of court or suggest AdScam Justice John Gomery issue warning letters.

So instead of chasing down felons or prosecuting violent criminals, or perhaps investigating government corruption, the AG intends to start delivering contempt citations ... or even sillier, warning letters. For what? Writing about testimony to which their politicians have complete access and the media can watch but not report.

Don't get me wrong; American AGs often have their own screwed-up priorities, too. It just seems to me that prosecuting Canadian bloggers for creating a hyperlink to my site realistically ranks rather low on the threat level for most Canadians. However, perhaps the chilling effect on Canadian bloggers from this government intimidation should be taken as an ominous sign about the future of free speech in Canada by all of its citizens.

UPDATE: People keep asking me if I worry about the Canadian government cracking down on my blog.

12 posted on 04/05/2005 2:55:32 PM PDT by Allan
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To: Entropy Squared


13 posted on 04/05/2005 3:00:22 PM PDT by Allan
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To: FormerACLUmember

I personally want to pass on my thanks Captain Ed. You are a brave man and have performed an outstanding service to Canada.

14 posted on 04/05/2005 3:01:18 PM PDT by albertabound (It's good to beeeee Albertabound.)
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To: albertabound; backhoe; Entropy Squared

I wonder how many people in Canada
know how to Google "Ed Morrissey"?
Googling his name gives his web link immediately.
even though the name of the blog
and the web address
do not appear in the Globe and Mail article.

His name also appeared on the screen
in the CBC news last night.

I noticed today traffic on his website
seemed to be up considerably.

Shouldn't CBC and the Globe and Mail
both be charged with contempt of court??

15 posted on 04/05/2005 4:01:23 PM PDT by Allan
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To: albertabound

Hear hear to that.

16 posted on 04/05/2005 4:06:19 PM PDT by captcanada
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To: Ashamed Canadian
As bad as Canada has gotten, at least we still have a sane nation to the south of us.

No worries, neighbor - as long as folks like the Captain are around, you'll always have Radio Free North America ;)

17 posted on 04/05/2005 4:12:19 PM PDT by general_re ("Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith, but in doubt." - Reinhold Niebuhr)
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To: Allan; All

Here is a good link I've found to get up to speed on the scandal:

18 posted on 04/05/2005 4:15:20 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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To: doc30

The Canadian government (Liberal) is being swamped by the power of the internet and they don't know whether to commit suicide or go bowling. We are having a lot of fun up here.

Thank you, America, for helping us defeat government control of information.

19 posted on 04/05/2005 6:08:21 PM PDT by Entropy Squared (The Rush to Chaos)
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To: doc30
So the scandal-ridden, ruling Liberal government issues a media publication ban on hearings that are open to the public.

Its how the LEFT has always dealt with those it disagrees with, DON'T DEBATE, JUST SILENCE THEM !


1.) Get enough signatures on a petition to create a new provincial political party THAT IS REPUBLICAN.

2.) Form a majority government and change the province to a REPUBLIC with its own Constitution.

3.) Secede from Canada as a separate REPUBLIC.
20 posted on 04/05/2005 7:01:22 PM PDT by pyx (Rule #1. The LEFT lies. Rule #2. See Rule #1.)
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