When Canada's Prime Minister drowns in what appears to be a boating accident, his son takes office and is drawn into a deceptive world of power and corruption.
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 Cam Ritchie (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Deever (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Grand Chief Katie Blackfire (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Doug McKay (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Nate Morgan (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Deirdre Milnes (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Christy Berger (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Jim, McLaughlin's aide (2 episodes, 2004)
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 McLaughlin's aide (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Det. Michel Duguay (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Québec Premier Marcel Coté (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Michael Cameron (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Randall Spear (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Willy (2 episodes, 2004)
Denis Akiyama ...
 Kazio Izumi (2 episodes, 2004)
Robert Carter ...
 Gerhard Oehme (2 episodes, 2004)
Gary Krawford ...
 Paul Frommer (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Ehrlich (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Clark (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Teddy Jackman (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Dr. Rafsamjhanni (2 episodes, 2004)
Woody Sidarous ...
 Shakir Mahoud (2 episodes, 2004)
Karl Claude ...
 Mountie (2 episodes, 2004)
Noel Habel ...
 Warrior #1 (2 episodes, 2004)
Lawrence Cook ...
 Warrior #2 (2 episodes, 2004)
Paul Rainville ...
 Wilson (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Barkeep (2 episodes, 2004)
Pierre Brault ...
 Chief Inspector Simond (2 episodes, 2004)
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 CSIS Agent (2 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Lawson ...
 Male Prostitute (2 episodes, 2004)
Paul Miller ...
 Charles Hamori (2 episodes, 2004)
Karen Woolridge ...
 Margaret Wentworth (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Loretta Gorski (2 episodes, 2004)
Michael O'Reilly ...
 Ontario Premier Weaver (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Zaynab Nuzaybeh (2 episodes, 2004)
J.C. Kenny ...
 Brenda Fletcher (2 episodes, 2004)
Jamie Douglas ...
 Derk (2 episodes, 2004)
Mike Giunta ...
 Keith Rasheen (2 episodes, 2004)
G. Wallace Pidgeon ...
 Speaker of the House (2 episodes, 2004)
Elizabeth Paddon ...
 Abbie Klein (2 episodes, 2004)
Pierre LeBlanc ...
 Etienne Leclerc (2 episodes, 2004)
Todd Duckworth ...
 Master of the Universe (2 episodes, 2004)
Patricia Marshall ...
 Hillary Standish (2 episodes, 2004)
Norman Mikeal Berketa ...
 Elliot Cressman (2 episodes, 2004)
Jonquil Garrick ...
 Laura Jackman (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Producer (2 episodes, 2004)
Derek Keurvorst ...
 Jeffrey Kingman (2 episodes, 2004)
Krista Jackson ...
 Teleprompter Typist (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Anthony Simpson (2 episodes, 2004)
Lorraine Ansell ...
 Québec Reporter (2 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Mauler ...
 Reporter #4 (2 episodes, 2004)
Jim McNabb ...
 Chief of Staff (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Harris (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Officer #3 (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Reporter #2 (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Reporter #3 (2 episodes, 2004)
John Muggleton ...
 Soldier (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Mark Girard (2 episodes, 2004)
Denis De Laviolette ...
 Party President (2 episodes, 2004)
Kate Hurman ...
 Albright (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Maritime teenager (2 episodes, 2004)
Teresa Kruze ...
 Anchorwoman (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Daisy (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Sally (2 episodes, 2004)
Julian Reed ...
 B.C. Premier Daniel Lambert (2 episodes, 2004)
Patrick Fry ...
 Patron (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Tour Guide (2 episodes, 2004)
Craig Gauthier ...
 RCMP Officer (2 episodes, 2004)
Kyla Harper
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 Merchant (2 episodes, 2004)
Steve Sauve ...
 R.C.M.P Officer Higgins (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Photographer (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Parliamentarian (2 episodes, 2004)
Belinda Stronach ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Kelly J. Compeau ...
 Funeral mourner (2 episodes, 2004)
Anthony Furey ...
 House of Commons page (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Thomas David McLaughlin (2 episodes, 2004)
Stephanie Halin ...
 Journalist (2 episodes, 2004)
Martha Henry ...
 Julia McLaughlin (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Sgt. Leah Collins (2 episodes, 2004)
Creag Hutton ...
 RCMP Constable (2 episodes, 2004)
Sri Kanagarajah ...
 New Canadian (2 episodes, 2004)
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The Country is in a spin when the prime minister drowns, Canada is thrown into a national crisis. His son, Tom McLaughlin takes over the realm promises to bring much needed leadership to the country. All the while lurking behind this chaos, a conspiracy of international proportions threatens the existence of Canada itself. Where action will speak louder than words. Written by Steve Richards

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A dead Prime Minister. A country in turmoil. A battle for Canada's most precious resource...

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CAD 8,500,000 (estimated)
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Goofs

In the Fort Rupert Royal Canadian Legion hall, the barkeep is wearing a ball cap. Legion protocol strictly forbids the wearing of hats within the building. See more »

Quotes

Thomas David McLaughlin: I'm the Prime Minister of Canada! You're just businessmen!
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Followed by The Trojan Horse (2008) See more »

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The Canadianist Movie ever
10 May 2012 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is 3 hours long. It has a cast of tens of thousands (at least it feels that way.) I think Sebastian Spence was about the only Canadian actor _not_ in it. I exaggerate a tad. Much of it appears to have been filmed in the Canadian parliament buildings in Ottawa, 24 Sussex Drive (the PM's residence), military bases and other places that would have required endless bureaucratic pandering to get permission to film. The movie overuses some of this footage. "It cost us a bundle, and you are damn well going to appreciate it."

It deals in more substantial way than you would expect with Canadian political themes: separatism, water, bullying by the USA, fear of terrorists, NAFTA, political union with the USA.

The dialogue is quite wooden. I think it was all written by one person. It needs to be re-written to be more idiosyncratic for each character. The mother with her drinking is a little too one-dimensional. But I think that was partly deliberate. Everyone LIES, especially to the public. Because they are not good liars, they are unconvincing every time they open their mouths. It is thus quite a cynical look at political intrigue and under the table deals. Every public speech says the exact opposite of what the character said in private earlier.

One of the strangest things about the movie, there are no clear good guys and bad guys. Your loyalties shift back and forth. Some people you just can't decide. Others you know are bad, but can't figure out who they are working for or what they are attempting to accomplish with their mayhem.

The relationships and true motivations are MURKY, worthy of the machinations in an English murder mystery.

I am pretty sure I will watch it again, hoping with foresight to figure more of the movie out.

I also wondered just what facts form the framework of this story. It feels like a historical reconstruction (though it takes place in a fictitious 2004). The smug, power-crazy, plump, young Prime Minister played by Paul Gross bears a strong resemblance to the actual P.M. Stephen Harper. He even has the same articulate reverence for lying.


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