The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has asked the federal government to step in to handle the political complaints against my TV show.
The CBSC has condemned me and issued a ruling against me, but I refused to go quietly. So they're calling in the big guns.
Back in December, Chiquita Banana announced trade sanctions against Canadian ethical oil.
I did what any self-respecting Canadian would do. I told them to buzz off - with a Spanish-language swear.
A grand total of six Canadian whiners demanded an investigation of me because I spoke truth to power with a romantic Latin flair.
And a panel of four TV censors issued a ruling condemning me.
Not because of my Spanish swear - swearing is allowed on Canadian TV. But because, according to the censors, I broke Clause 6 of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics, which says I have to provide "full, fair and proper presentation of news, opinion, comment and editorial."
In other words, I couldn't oppose Chiquita Banana without also supporting them. I had too strong a point of view.
Well, I scoffed at the censors and promised a public campaign to render them obsolete - and a laughing stock.
Well, now my criticism of the censors themselves is the subject of new censorship complaints.
David Climenhaga, a pro-union blogger who complained the first time, has demanded a new investigation of me. This time because I dared to criticize his decision to call for my censorship.
I've invited Climenhaga to come on my show and debate me. But he doesn't believe in debate because that implies my point of view is allowed at all. He wants me gagged.
Climenhaga isn't alone. Another complainer wrote, "I know the logic would be to just turn (the TV) off but that is not the answer for me ... I am looking forward to new laws coming down to regulate their online presence as well ... I feel like I am fighting a battle and I need backup."
This neighbourhood snitch knows he could just click his remote control. But that would still let you watch the show, which he can't accept. And he wants new laws to regulate the Internet, too!
Well, what did the TV censors say to all this?
They called in the feds because the comments in question were about the CBSC and they felt it was a conflict of interest for them to deal with the complaints.
In their replies to these latest snitches, the CBSC wrote, "We have ... forwarded your file to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which is the governmental body mandated to oversee the entire broadcasting and telecommunications industries ... The CRTC will deal with your complaint file from this point on."
Those federal government bureaucrats have the power to destroy our network by taking away our TV licence.
I don't think the CRTC has a desire to get into the business of measuring whether my opinions on Chiquita Banana are just balanced or too strong. I hope not.
The rules the TV censors are following are obsolete and archaic - the product of an earlier, more submissive age, before every single Canadian became a consumer of media on demand. To hell with a group of nobody censors.
The federal government did the right thing earlier this month by repealing the censorship laws in the human rights act.
Now it's time for them to finish the job and rip out the censorship provision of every TV and radio licence in Canada - and free us from this meddlesome group of whiners called the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.