Captain's Quarters Blog

« Liberals To Request Standing At Gomery Commission For Cross-Examination | Main | The Long-Distance Kyrgyz Resignation »

April 4, 2005
Canadians: Linking To CQ May Be Bad For Your Freedom

After CTV named Captain's Quarters on their news program last night, the site got swarmed with tens of thousands of visitors, leading to some slower response times (sorry!) and a "magnitude" increase of traffic for blogs who I've linked, especially on this story. However, if you've linked your blog to CQ and you live six or seven hours north of me, you may receive a summons from your government, according to this report from the London Free Press this morning:

A U.S. website has breached the publication ban protecting a Montreal ad executive's explosive and damning testimony at the federal sponsorship inquiry. The U.S. blogger riled the Gomery commission during the weekend by posting extracts of testimony given in secret Thursday by Jean Brault.

The American blog, being promoted by an all-news Canadian website, boasts "Canada's Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open" and promises more to come. The owner of the Canadian website refused to comment yesterday.

Inquiry official Francois Perreault voiced shock at the publication ban breach, and said the commission co-counsel Bernard Roy and Justice John Gomery will decide today whether to charge the Canadian website owner with contempt of court.

"We never thought someone would violate the publication ban," Perreault said. "Maybe we were more confident than we should have been."

The Canadian website in question is, which linked to my post on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. It only provided a link back to my site; it carried none of the testimony itself. In fact, it's still headlining a link to CQ despite the threat of legal action.

In an age of instant communications and greater freedom of the press, one would think that this kind of publication ban would obviously prove futile, especially when dealing with the kind of corruption that the Gomery Commission is investigating. However, if Perreault is to be believed, no one even considered the notion that someone might talk. Either M. Perreault is hopelessly naive, or he gets the Captain Louis Renault award for being shocked, shocked that free speech goes on in a democracy.

However, despite the publication of the material in an American blog and its review by thousands of Canadians, the Gomery Commission insists that the information is not public. Perreault warns Canadians that any link to CQ or even a mention of the blog name in any Canadian publication could lead to prosecution:

Perreault warned that even if Brault's testimony has been outed by a U.S. website, it doesn't mean it's now public information.

"Anyone who takes that information and diffuses it is liable to be charged with contempt of court," Perreault said.

"Anybody who reproduces it is at risk."

Well, you've been warned, my Canadian neighbors.

UPDATE: The Globe and Mail interviewed me yesterday, and published this Jane Taber article:

The explosive testimony given out of the public eye last week at the Gomery commission began appearing on websites yesterday, capping a weekend of frenzied rumours about snap elections and covert political meetings in Ottawa.

Conservative deputy leader Peter MacKay even suggested yesterday that the testimony, which is under a publication ban, could lead to criminal charges against senior Liberals. ...

The publication ban does not restrict Americans from publishing or broadcasting the details of the in camera hearings. Still, the blogger joked that he isn't planning any vacations soon to Canada.

"It's an interesting story. It's fascinating," he said. "First off, I think it's a terrible thing that you guys can't publish this. This is the type of thing that a free press exists for is to hold their government accountable. ..... It should be you guys reporting this."

The fact that the testimony is now circulating on the Internet and by word of mouth calls into question the effectiveness of the publication ban, Mr. MacKay said. ... Mr. MacKay said his party is considering whether it should appear before the inquiry to fight the ban.

Mr. Duceppe [Bloc Quebecois] wouldn't say whether the Bloc will seek the lifting of the publication ban.

"I want to talk to our lawyers first, to see the implications of what's happening in the United States," he said, referring to the Internet blog.

Said Mr. MacKay: "There is no question that if it is in fact now being circulated and is out publicly in the States or elsewhere, that this sole purpose of having the ban in place has just evaporated. There is no point. So once somebody has violated the ban there is no purpose in having it there."

Taber reports that McKay plans on challenging Prime Minister Paul Martin in Parliament today to answer for the information that has already arisen from the Brault testimony. It could be an interesting day in Ottawa.

Sphere It Digg! View blog reactions
Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 4, 2005 5:09 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry is

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Canadians: Linking To CQ May Be Bad For Your Freedom:

» Canada Slips Further Into Oligarchy from The Politicker
It looks like anyone linking or handing out the address to CQ in Canada will be held in contempt of court. The further degradation of freedom in Canada continues... UPDATE: Canadian "Enn" opines on the subject: [Captain's Quarters,] A source... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 6:08 AM

» Canadians Freedom of Speech Limited? from FullosseousFlap's Dental Blog
Captains Quarter's appears to be in trouble with the Canadian government. Canadians linking to this blog or Captain's Quarters may receive a summons form their government. Here is Captain Ed's complete post: Canadians: Linking To CQ May ... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 6:58 AM

» Setting Canada free from Dust my Broom
The only reason for a ban in this case is to hide the truth and I am one Canadian who is not afraid of some pig lawyer. Captains Quarters has updates here and here.... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 8:01 AM

» A warning from the Gomery Inquiry from Angry in the Great White North
Apparently mention Captain's Quarters can get you in trouble in Canada. I better not mention Captain's Quarters. And I'd better remove any previous links to Captain's Quarters. Too bad, because I really like Captain's Quarters. [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 8:07 AM

» A Lefty Government Involved in Kickbacks and Payoffs? from The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
We're shocked, SHOCKED we tell you! According to this, the Canadian government has more in common with the fwench than even His Majesty has ever thought possible. Of course, now that the cat is out of the bag, the Canadian... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 8:26 AM

» Stopped at the Border from King of Fools
Well...only in theory. It seems that Canadian bloggers are no longer allowed to link to Captain Ed. His crime? Printing details of a government scandal (AdScam) here, here and here. It's all very amusing, mostly because the Canadian governmen... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 8:39 AM

» Does the Publication Ban Apply To Me? from Gay Orbit
I'm a Canadian. I live in the United States. But I'm still Canadian and plan to return. So, can I link to Captain's Quarters blog and expect to return to Canada without getting arrested this summer? We'll see! If I did get arrested, ... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 9:50 AM

» Speaking Of South Park... from Secure Liberty
It seems that Captain Ed has his own broohaha with our neighbors to the north. "Blame Canada!" has evidently been replaced with Blame Captain's Quarters!. Check out this report. A U.S. website has breached the publication ban protecting a Montreal a... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 9:59 AM

» MUST READ from GeoPoliticalReview
Be sure to read... this entry from Instapundit for a roundup of news and commentary on the death of Pope John Paul II. about a brewing political scandal in Canada that will likely doom the Liberal party and why Canadian's... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 10:04 AM

» Banned from Technogypsy
The Captain's Quarters is banned in Canada for leaking secret testimony? Kewl! Isn't this a first? I am so jealous. [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 10:10 AM

» Lame Canada from Confederate Yankee
I hear such wonderful things about our northern neighbor, Canada, and what it has to offer the world: free government-sponsored healthcare (if you survive the wait), hockey (well, most years), and uh... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 10:11 AM

» Canada's Corruption from The Key Monk
Canada is really an outpost of the European continent in North America. Ruled by liberal elites who push through politically correct policies; marked by disdain for the United States among its ruling class; and, as I noted here, politically and commerc... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 10:45 AM

» Captain's Quarters ticks off Canadians from Don Singleton
It looks like Canada needs to learn about Free Speech and Freedom of the Press [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 10:53 AM

» Top Ten Categories: Media Bias. from
A great list of media bias (via Ed Driscoll): 1. The Lie. 2. The memory hole. 3. Ventriloquist journalism. 4. Polls. 5. Buzzwords. 6. Coordination with the Democratic candidates. 7. The smear/personal attack/outrage. 8. Euphemisms. 9. False appearance ... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 11:00 AM

» More Enemies of Free Speech from Coyote Blog
Note that this has become, by accident, my growing post on the Canadian Sponsorship scandal. The Right (justly) is criticized by the Left for interfering with First Amendment rights by trying to legislate morality in broadcast television. [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 11:06 AM

» Come and get me, coppers! from Autonomous Source
Captain's Quarters links to a story from the London Free Press that suggests bloggers that linked to the blog post that broke the Gomery publication ban may be in for a 'world of pain':[Inquiry official Francois] Perreault warned that even... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 11:48 AM

» RE: Canadian blogger raspberries government from Conservative Friends
Captain Ed reports that his site is getting seriously hammered with traffic over this. [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 12:28 PM

» Canada's Liberals Deep in Corruption (sound familiar?) from The (not so) Daily Me
This really stinks badly! Here's brief time-line: Gomery commission commissioned to probe Liberal corruption Publication ban issued Blogs: Silenced! Charged! Captain's Quarters (one of my favorite blogs) does an extensive write-up. CQ is down rig... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 12:47 PM

» How Far Are They Willing to Go? from Yippee-Ki-Yay!

I have a cousin who is a Canadian citizen and lives in Canada. I understand that Ottawa can't do anything to me, but I'd sure hate to discover that Captain's Quarters on my blogroll might get my cousin in trouble.
Any governmen...

[Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 1:11 PM

» My favourite Star Trek episode from Angry in the Great White North
Be warned, this post contravenes Canadian law. [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 6:18 PM

» Michelle Malken on "SOMETHING ROTTEN IN CANADA" from Hyscience
Imagine being susceptable to ending up in court for contempt just for linking or even passing out the address to Captain's Quarters! There's more wrong in Canada than just a corruption scandal. [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 9:47 PM

» Oh Canada! from Itsapundit
Because I'm not blogging from Canada... [Read More]

Tracked on April 4, 2005 10:19 PM

» We Ban on Guard for Thee from Attaboy
A friend and I were recently discussing the differences between the Canadian media and European media (specifically, the British media).... [Read More]

Tracked on April 5, 2005 6:27 AM

» The Scandal in Canada from Solomonia
I don't know if you've been following this - I haven't seen a word in my admitedly brief glimpses at the American news of late. No surprise, as it involves potentially massive corruption by the ruling Canadian (and anti-Bush) party.... [Read More]

Tracked on April 6, 2005 9:27 PM

» Totalitarianism Now from qui tacet consentire videtur
When I hear about news like this: After CTV named Captain's Quarters on their news program last night, the site got swarmed with tens of thousands of visitors, leading to some slower response times (sorry!) and a "magnitude" increase of traffic f... [Read More]

Tracked on April 9, 2005 1:30 PM

» Whither Canada? from Resistance is futile!
In case you have been sleeping... It seems as though the Canadian government has gone and gotten itself into quite a pickle. [Read More]

Tracked on May 17, 2005 1:31 PM

Design & Skinning by:
m2 web studios

blog advertising


Proud Ex-Pat Member of the Bear Flag League!