'An Ode to Canada' Reminds Canadians What They're Voting For

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Film by International award-winning Director Points to Canada's Past Leaders as Guidance for the Future

Pierre Trudeau, John G. Diefenbaker, and John N. Turner

“What possible scenario were government officials envisioning,” Miller asks, “when they included such strange and dire language into Bill C-36 and others? Why does this language exist?”

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“Democracy is an inexact experiment. It requires a gathering of the willing,” declares Writer/Director Kevin P. Miller in the introduction of his new film, "An Ode to Canada," released yesterday. Miller, an international award-winning filmmaker, juxtaposes the wisdom of Canada's past leaders with an examination of modern-day legislation, “Free Trade” agreements and other international accords which he says threatens the nation and its people.

“I was compelled to release this film because it seems that Canada is at a crossroads,” Miller said yesterday. “Unbeknownst to many, a lot of new laws and regulations now harbor dangerous and unconstitutional language — language granting government ministers, elected officials, and others unbelievable power over Canadians.” The courts once offered equilibrium and provided citizens fair protection from the State, Miller says, but because of a loophole in Section One of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, some basic tenets of democracy have been stripped away from Canadian citizens.

Worse yet, Miller's film claims, these new laws also pose a direct threat to Canadian sovereignty. Buried in the language of one piece of “consumer protection” legislation, for example, the filmmaker unveils wording that reflects the reversal of Canada's Statutory Instruments Act. He then reveals threatening language that he says could make Canadians subject to the dictates of foreign authorities. “What possible scenario were government officials envisioning,” Miller asks, “when they included such strange and dire language into Bill C-36 and others? Why does this language exist?”

Using the inspirational speeches of political giants John Diefenbaker and John Turner, "An Ode to Canada" details historic shifts in policy — and the price Canada has paid for Free Trade deals like NAFTA. “Turner himself referred to the free trade bills of the 80s as 'the sale of Canada Act,'” Miller remarks, “so even 25 years ago, he saw how this could endanger Canada as a sovereign power. As currently written, free trade deals open the door to multinational corporations, the WTO and other world bodies who may want to exert undue influence over the lives of the Canadian people. If left unchecked, powerful international forces will simply circumvent the power of elected officials in Parliament.”

Kevin P. Miller has won numerous international Film and Television awards over the span of a twenty year career. His film exploring the homeless, called 'The Promised Land' was a winner at the N.Y. International Film and Television Festival, and was followed by a cadre of other films about children, indigenous people, healthcare and more. Miller's last film 'Generation RX' was hailed by Canadian filmmaker and two-time Academy Award® winner Paul Haggis, who called it “a powerful and often chilling eye-opener.”

"An Ode to Canada" is nine minutes in length. It was released online yesterday at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8xxrl1-Ny0

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KEVIN P. MILLER
WRITER/DIRECTOR
kevinpmiller(at)mac(dot)com
http://www.KevinMiller.com

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