Say That Again

by Mike Masnick




Canadian Politician Threatens To Sue Critic Of Her Fundraising Habits

from the chilling-effects dept

It would appear that Canadian politician Sam Bulte is not happy about people questioning her impartiatility towards the big content industry. We've mentioned already the fact that she's called anyone supporting users' rights zealots, and how she's denying tonight's fundraiser is a fundraiser, despite calling it a fundraiser on her own website. What's odd about all this is she keeps claiming she "won't be silenced" when no one is trying to silence her -- just suggesting that she's blocking out an important point of view which just happens to be opposed to those who have donated a fair amount to her election. However, for someone so worried about being "silenced" she's now trying to silence her critics. Michael Geist, who clearly ticks off a list of provably false points made by Ms. Bulte also points to an article in the Globe and Mail where Bulte threatens to sue Geist after the election: "I am not going to sue him before the election but dammit, watch me after the election." That certainly would seem to be a "chilling effects" type of threat implying if Geist doesn't shut up, he's going to face a lawsuit. Of course, with Geist being a law professor who has a pretty good grasp on the law, he doesn't seem too worried. However, it is amusing to see her so vigorously trying to silence her critics after demanding they stop silencing her (something no one has tried to do).

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  • identicon
    jdw242, 19 Jan 2006 @ 11:51am

    ...

    damn I wish she'd shut up.

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    ZOMG CENSORED, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:08pm

    Canadian Politics...

    ...They're like the sitcom version of the West Wing. You really can't take many of the Canadian Politicians seriously as most of them seem to be so uninformed that it really makes us civilians wonder why the Hell people elect them in the first place.

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    • identicon
      JSM, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:30pm

      Re: Canadian Politics...

      Not to worry, they're just keeping our oil and fresh water safe until we need it. If they mess up too badly we'll just go up there are run it ourselves.

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      Rikko, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:37pm

      Re: Canadian Politics...

      Dude, you've never seen a Commons session. It's like a group of 7 year olds quibbling over who gets the Play Doh.

      - An embarrassed Canadian

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        Mark, 19 Jan 2006 @ 7:00pm

        Re: Canadian Politics...

        but at least it's not as bad as Taiwan, is it? Those characters got into a brawl on the floor not too long ago, it was definately more like 17yr olds...

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          Mousky, 20 Jan 2006 @ 7:11am

          Re: Canadian Politics...

          I guess bad is a relevant term. I like it when politicians go after each other in Parliament. That is the primary purpose of Parliament: to vent and attack. The business of running the country is done outside the chamber.

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      MadJo (profile), 20 Jan 2006 @ 2:18am

      Re: Canadian Politics...

      You really can't take many of the Canadian Politicians seriously as most of them seem to be so uninformed that it really makes us civilians wonder why the Hell people elect them in the first place.


      This is not only limited to Canadian Politics. Same goes for the Dutch. They are so incompetent, that you wonder how in earth they could be given the responsibility of steering a country.

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        thecaptain, 20 Jan 2006 @ 5:34am

        Re: Canadian Politics...

        Its easy. There's no perfect democracy and we always, ALWAYS end up voting for the lesser evil (or the smartest moron)

        Take Canada for example. There are 3 major parties and dozens of really tiny ones. Sure..you COULD vote for the green party, but they won't win..not even close.

        So in practice, the only real choice is to choose between 3 corrupt idiots.

        The way to break the cycle is for someone else to rise up and give us a real choice...but that means money, power, etc...all the things that pretty much means you'll be a run of the mill politico anyway.

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    Mikester, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:09pm

    Typical...

    Unfortunately for us here in the north, this is how our governing party operates. They're going down and are likely to be replaced in our national election on Monday so they've resorted to FUD attacks on their opponents.

    For example, on her website under the heading, "Latest Liberal News" both of today's headings start with, "Stephen Harper..." who is the opposition party leader. Of course, both articles are more FUD attacks since that's last option the Liberals have left in these dying days of their campaign.

    Judging by this submission, it appears to have spilled over to non-election issues as well.

    Sorry for the rant

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      Joe Snuffy, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:15pm

      Re: Typical...

      If your Canadian, shouldn't you have written your post in French as well?

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Jan 2006 @ 2:36pm

        Re: Typical... La version française suit

        Il s'avérerait que le SAM canadien Bulte de politicien n'est pas heureux au sujet des personnes interrogeant son impartiatility vers la grande industrie contente. Nous avons déjà mentionné le fait qu'elle s'appelle n'importe qui les fanatiques des droits des utilisateurs de support, et comment elle nie le fundraiser du ce soir est un fundraiser, en dépit de l'appeler un fundraiser sur son propre website. Ce qui est impair au sujet du tout c'est elle la continue réclamer "ne sera pas amortie" quand personne n'essaye de l'amortir -- juste proposant qu'elle bloque hors d'un point de vue important qui s'avère justement juste être opposé à ceux qui ont donné une quantité considérable à son élection. Cependant, parce que quelqu'un s'est ainsi inquiété d'être "amorti" elle essaye maintenant d'amortir ses critiques. Michael Geist, qui fait tic tac clairement outre d'une liste de points provably faux a fait par mme. Bulte se dirige également à un article dans le globe et le courrier où Bulte menace de poursuivre Geist après l'élection: "je n'vais pas le poursuivre avant l'élection mais le dammit, m'observent après l'élection." Ce certainement semblerait être un "refroidissement effectue" le type de menace impliquant si Geist ne ferme pas vers le haut, il va faire face à un procès. Naturellement, avec Geist étant un professeur de loi qui a une prise très bonne sur la loi, il ne semble pas trop inquiété. Cependant, elle amuse pour la voir essayer tellement vigoureusement d'amortir ses critiques après exigeant eux cessent l'amortissement d'elle (quelque chose personne a essayé de faire).

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Jan 2006 @ 5:01pm

          Re: Typical... La version française suit

          Gosh, I wish you bigots would stop using babelfish to translate texts in foreign languages. It doesn't make any sense, and it makes you look like a fool to those who can actually understand it...

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    haggie, 19 Jan 2006 @ 1:15pm

    No Subject Given

    I wish I could say that U.S. politicians are generally smarter, more well-informed, or less compromised by special interests, but, sadly, I can't.

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      Fazookus, 19 Jan 2006 @ 7:39pm

      Re: No Subject Given

      I wish I could say that U.S. politicians are generally smarter, more well-informed, or less compromised by special interests, but, sadly, I can't.

      Funny, U.S. politicians say that about themselves all the time...

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    Guse, 24 Jan 2006 @ 11:07am

    moron

    I tried to silence her, but she wouldn't shut up about it

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